Sunday, July 8, 2012

Celebrating at his favorite festival: Jazz à Vienne

It was an especially happy birthday this year for Funky Fred, whose 69th on July 4 coincided with the end of an intense six-days in a row culminating in an excellent performance with his New JBs at Jazz à Viennne. He  shared the evening there with the Earth Wind and Fire Experience featuring Al McKay and his compadres George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic.

Fred's old friend Jean-Pierre Vignola of Jazz A Vienne.
Jean-Pierre with Joya
Dwayne chillin' a Vienne

Interview a Vienne

Fred with his beloved rhythm section, Bruce, Reggie, Peter and Dwayne
Being interviewed by French TV host Aline Afanoukoe.
With Aline 2.
With Aline 3.
Onstage a Vienne
Backstage at Vienne with Garrett Shider, P-Funk guitarist and son of the late Gary Shider
Guitarist Larry Carlton, Fred and Larry's son, bassist Trevor Carlton
Manu Dibango, vocalist Celine, and Fred
Working backward on this tour, Fred so far has taken his singular brand of funk to ...

"229 The Venue," London, England

Onstage in London
Backstage with driver Mick Tresnan
The Mostly Jazz Festival in Birmingham, England

Waidhofen, Austria

The outdoor  Musicfest Waidhofen was the occasion for visiting this town, where Fred and fam enjoyed outstanding hospitality at Stadthotel Waidhofen. Many thanks to hotel manager Sonja Karner, and Gaby and all the crew.

Jazz and Blues Club Highway 61, České Budějovice

Showtime in České Budějovice.
Just because it's the home of the original Budweiser...
Being interviewed by Czech Playboy writer Jana Holoubková Bodrinová
North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam

Onstage in Amsterdam
New JBs saxman Ernie Fields Jr. with Jamal Thomas
The Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna

Valamar Jazz Fesitval, off the coast of Poreč, Croatia

Here Fred united with his New JBs, and had an exciting 30-years-later reunion with his great friend, the great Hugh Masakela.  It was Fred's second time at this charming, three-year-old festival, having performed there in 2009 with Abraham Incorporated.

Cap'n Reg with Peter and Ernie

Cap'n Fred, with Gary

Cap'n Gary
Fred and Hugh
Fred, Hugh and Joya
Sunset in Poreč

La Defense Jazz Festival, Paris

Before begining the New JBs' tour, Fred swung through Paris to play with his old buddy Pee Wee Ellis and his No. 1 House Party partner Robin McKelle, with her Flytones.

Onstage with Robin and the Flytones
In the spotlight, partying with Robin
Fred with Alice Russell, who played before Robin
Ahmed Soultan with Pee Wee
Fred in his new hat by Chantal Joguet

Fred with Chantal
Fred, Chantal and filmmaker Sylvie Bayonne

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