Sunday, September 3, 2017

In Paris for a tres bon 44 hours

Many thanks to the Jazz A La Villette Festival for the sold-out show at the Cabaret Sauvage that afforded Fred the opportunity to make a quick trip to Paris. He reunited for the fest with his Generations Trio -- Leonardo Corradi on organ and Tony Match on drums, along with Omar Lye-Fook as a special guest on vocals and keys. He also got a chance to meet old friends including Cheick Tidiane Seck and new friends including the talented support band Nubian Twist.

Fred also visited and taped a video interview for his friend Ahmed Soultan, who's innovating the new genre "Afrobian music," connecting his Northern African musical traditions with the heart of Africa, as demonstrated on the track Afrobian, which has guests including Fred, George Clinton, Pee Wee Ellis and Femi Kuti. The album, "Music Has No Boundaries," won Best African Album of the Year honors, and now is becoming a documentary.

Coming up next, Fred will join Pee Wee Ellis at Seattle's Jazz Alley, then head to NYC for dates at the Iridium with Oz Noy and the big ACLU fundraiser with Abraham Incorporated. See you there!

Fred with Cheick Tidiane Seck and Omar before the show.

Fred outside the Cabaret Sauvage with members of Cirque Mandingue.
With Ahmed Soultan talking Afrobian music.

Ending the show with Leonardo Corradi on organ and Tony Match on drums.

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