Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Jersey-bound after Cali and Carolina callings

Fred will have a bit of deja vu this Friday when he rejoins partner Pee Wee Ellis for Christian McBride's "Get on Up: A James Brown Celebration," at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Click here for more information. Tickets are still available at njpac.org.

Last Friday found Fred in San Francisco with old buddy and funky drummer Clyde Stubblefield and the James Brown Dance Party at the San Francisco Funk Festival. Special thanks to Robbie Kowal of Hush Concerts, and thanks to all the musicians, family and friends who took part. Here is a photo.

October found Fred first in South Carolina to demonstrate a new line of trombones from Japan, then in North Carolina to celebrate the release of the second CD in the unique "Healing Blues" community project.

Fred chose Benedict College, where his trumpeter friend H. Wade Johnson is band director, as the venue when the Jinbao horn maker asked him to demonstrate some of their new trombones on video. Two representatives of the company flew to Columbia, SC, to videotape Fred on the campus, where he also interacted with the trombone section of the Marching Tigers Band of Distinction, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Charles P. Austin Sr.

In Greensboro, NC, Fred joined with multiple artists led by Dave Fox at Greensboro College to raise money for the Interactive Resource Center. Enjoy these photos.

A live artist captured the Greensboro concert as it happened.
With Greensboro bluesman and "okayest bassist" Casey Hazelman before the show.