Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Home planning a happy new year!

Happy New Year from Fred to all his funky family!

The year 2016 ended on a fun note with the ATL Collective's annual James Brown Christmas Party. Legendary drummer Bernard Purdie was the other special guest of the evening, which featured great vocal and instrumental performances, and a special presentation to the late, great James Brown's youngest daughter, Yamma. Scroll down for photos.

Fred's first gig of 2017 will be Sunday, Jan. 22 with the Mark Sterbank Group at the 12th Annual Hymns & Spirituals Jazz Concert, presented by Charleston Southern University and happening this year at East Cooper Baptist Church, 361 Egypt Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.

On Feb. 4, Miami will have its first-ever experience of Fred Wesley and the New JBs as part of the Day at the Beach Concert Series at the North Beach Band Shell. The evening also will include Roosevelt Collier and the Phunk Phactory. Click here for tickets.

In other news, check out two albums featuring Fred released in 2016: Pioneering Moroccan artist Ahmed Soultan's "Music Has No Boundaries" and Amsterdam-based saxophonist Susanne Alt's "Saxify."

Finally, our friends at Bambooka have t-shirts emblazoned with a pic of Fred rocking a pair of the specialty sunglasses. Click here to buy one. Proceeds from the T-shirts, like the glasses, support the organization's unique mission.

Yamma and Fred
Bernard Purdie, ATL Collective's Kevin Scott and Fred