After just two weeks of rest, Fred got back to work last week when young lion Jon Batiste
of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
invited him to be a part of the party at the Earth Day 2017 March for Science
in Washington, DC. Click here
and go to time point 2:10:32 to see Fred's two featured songs, along with the masterful introduction by Questlove
. Many thanks to all who helped make it happen.
|With Jon Batiste|
|With Kam Franklin of The Suffers|
|With Questlove, show producer Peter Shapiro and Jon Batiste|
|Selfie with drummer Louis Cato, keyboardist Wayne Linsey and legendary bassist George Porter Jr.|
Fred the funk soldier left the march early to ride to Asbury Park, New Jersey, where he contributed a solo to the tune "Down and Out in New York City"
at a homecoming concert by Steven Van Zandt and his new band the Disciples of Soul. Fred produced the tune in 1973 for James Brown and the soundtrack of the film Black Caesar
. Van Zandt included a cover of it on his forthcoming CD "Soulfire
." Bruce Springsteen
also made a guest appearance on the show. Many thanks to to the whole Van Zandt crew, especially bandleader Marc Ribler.
|With the hot Disciples of Soul horn section|
Before his break that ended last week, Fred finished up another four-weeks on the road with a visit to Kosice, Slovakia, where he was the guest of the young band Jungle Label
, who we thank for showing him a funky good time as they released their new CD "Who's Gonna Pay for That?" Click here
for a video celebrating the visit.
|With the members of Jungle Label in Slovakia|
Before that he capped a three-week tour with his Generations Trio (with Leonardo Corradi on organ and Tony Match on drums) with a stand at the Jazz a Carthage Festival
|A gift of flowers (Photo courtesy of the Centre Culturel de Sousse)|
|Onstage in Sousse, Tunisia|
|With the trio and fans in Sousse|
|A bow with the Trio in Carthage|
|With the trio's organ phenom Leonardo Corradi at the Carthage street show.|
|Love from Tunisian fans|
|A Tunisian interview|
Before Tunisia, the Generations Trio made a third return to the Hideaway in South London. A special thank you to promoter Graeme Miall for these photos from a fun two nights. Fred's compadre Pee Wee Ellis sat in on the second night.
|Onstage at the Hideaway in south London|
|Taking a bow at the Hideaway|
|With special guest Pee Wee Ellis|
Before London, Fred traveled to Perpignan in the south of France to take part in the monthly "Yes We Jam" event sponsored for students by El Mediator.
There he met some talented musicians including this young trumpeter and his old friend and vocalist Vinx
|At El Mediator with Vinx, students and teacher Alex |
The European part of the tour included many stops in Spain, including Malaga, where he reunited with the trombonists of the local band that shared the bill.
|A selfie at the Blue Note Milan with artistic director, singer and radio host Nick the Nightfly|
|Backstage in Malaga with the trombone band that shared the bill.|
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