Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Finishing up a busy October

Fred and his New JBs helped Chicago radio personality Herb Kent celebrate his birthday, Oct. 27, with a huge party at the Horseshoe Casino in suburban Hammond, Indiana. Thanks to promoter Al Kennedy for passing along these great photos.

Fred onstage with New JBs guitarist Reggie Ward, trumpeter Gary Winters and saxophonist Ernie Fields Jr.
Steppers and "line steppers" dance in the foreground as seated patrons also enjoy the New JBs performance.
Fred with Herb Kent.
Chicago line steppers having a funky good time. (Photo by Song Byrd).
Before Chicago, the New JBs entertained for two days of the Richmond Folk Festival, Oct. 12-13, where he got to jam with Dr. Michael White, Rahim AlHaj and other Masters of Improvisation, and to visit with his children and grandchildren from the nearby Washington, D.C. area.

The crowd Saturday night in the Dominion Dance Pavilion.
Fred jamming backstage with Dr. Michael White, Rahim AlHaj and Detroit Brooks on banjo.
The Masters of Improvisation workshop.
After the Masters of Improvisation workshop.
Fred with grandson Coleman Britt, 5.
The busy month started out at the Westobou Festival in James Brown's hometown of Augusta, Georgia, Oct. 4, which also featured the Maceo Parker Band and Janelle Monae. Thanks to Gary Gordon, husband of former JB "Bittersweet" background vocalist Kelly Jarrell, for the photos he contributed below.

Fred and the New JBs onstage.
Fred backstage with New JBs saxophonist Ernie Field Jr. and trumpeter Charlton Singleton, with Maceo.
New JBs trumpeter Charlton Singleton, pianist Barney McAll and bassist Dwayne Dolphin backstage.
Maceo Parker Band trombonist Dennis Rollins and Fred backstage with their Rath trombones.
Kelly Jarrell with legendary JB announcer Danny Ray. (photo by Gary Gordon)
Maceo Parker Band/former JB vocalist Martha High with Kelly Jarrell. (photo by Gary Gordon)
Maceo onstage (photo by Gary Gordon)

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