The trip that began Sept. 6, 2011, when Fred flew to Paris for the awesome Jazz a La Villette workshop,
ended Sept. 19, on the birthday of New JBs drummer Bruce Cox. In between the band made stops -- and met friends and fans -- in Freiburg, Germany, and the cities of Baden, Thun and Biel in Switzerland. Special thanks to our European booking agent, Gert Pfankuch of Musikbuero
, and to our friends Daniel, Hans-Ruedi, Sam and Marisa at Groovesound
for making the tour such a funky good time. Extra-special thanks to our friends at the Etage Club in Biel for adding a special birthday party for Bruce.
Stay tuned for more shots from the post-Paris part of the tour, but here's one of trumpeter Gary Winters,
who was inspired to use a wine glass as a mute in Freiburg
when Fred added his bluesy tune "Slide Man" to the set list.
Revisiting the awesome experience at La Villette once more, many thanks to Guillaume Besato, a clarinet player and workshop participant who sent along the following shots, along with his whole gallery, which you can access by clicking here.
|Workshop participant Fannie, who Fred describes as "an excellent trombone player."|
Thanks, finally, to longtime friend Mohamed "Ben" Bengriba, who sent along the following shots.
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