Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Live in concert, Aug. 28-30!

 Buy your $3 ticket now (takes two minutes) to spend three days grooving with Fred and his New JBs live in concert on DECTV.tv!

Click here for what Fred promises in the trailer will be a funky good time.

Officially airing Friday-Sunday, Aug. 28-30, the worldwide broadcast gives full access to the band’s Little Big Beat Studio Live Session, recorded in front of a live audience in Liechtenstein as part of the studio’s unique Live Session series. Only selected tracks have previously been available.

Using the slogan “watch something new,” DECTV.tv is a digital “network of the future” with programming developed to entertain, educate and inspire audiences around the world.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Home feeling grateful for abundant birthday LOVE!

Fred turned 77 on the Fourth of July and was overwhelmed with loving wishes from family, friends and fans near and far. He celebrated quietly at home with a little barbecue — one of his favorite things — and is sending love and gratitude to all who reached out for his special day. Below is a sampling of wishes on facebook, but many, many, many more came though on that platform and by text, phone, email and more. To all, he says THANK YOU!!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Socially distanced, but still standing for justice

Unable to personally take to the streets, Fred is doing his part to help generate funds for the people who are. From here forward, half the proceeds from website sales of the limited edition vinyl recording of his first Little Big Beat Live Session will be donated to Black Lives Matter. Click here to buy the vinyl at the special discounted price of $40 each.
Also, Fred’s composition “Together We  Stand,” the title track of the latest album from the band Abraham Incorporated, is one of five tracks being offered to support two organizations working to protect those fighting for justice in the United States.

For the entire month of June, 100 percent of the proceeds from purchases of the five tracks on Bandcamp will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund & the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).
In January 2017, outraged by the White House’s Muslim ban, Abraham Inc (which Fred co-leads with  klezmer star David Krakauer and hip-hop renegade Socalled), was inspired to create the album “Together We Stand” to express outrage over the worldwide rise of xenophobia and to put forward a message of justice, tolerance and peaceful cooperation among all people. 

At this moment in history, that message  is more important than ever. Fred and all of Abraham Inc stand in solidarity with people around the world who are protesting peacefully for social justice and an end to systemic racism. People are literally putting their bodies and lives on the line to speak up for what’s right. 

Monday, January 13, 2020

Doing it to Death in December

Fred had a busy December that included a residency and concert at Duke University with the Jazz Ensemble led by John Brown, who has since been promoted to the university’s Vice Provost for the Arts (congratulations John!). Thank you to Robert Zimmerman for these photos.

Following the Duke stint, Fred and his band the New JBs flew to London for what’s become an annual Christmastime stand at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Thank you to Michael Vitti for this photo.

Finally, the last weekend of 2019 found Fred as a special guest of Norwood Fisher’s funk project Trulio Disgracias at the mind-bendingly multi-media Wisdome in Los Angeles. It was a funky good time to close out a funky decade.