Fred and his mighty New JBs did what he promises in his Funk School Hymn, "spread funk all o're all lands," with stops in Switzerland and Italy this month. The already powerful horn section featuring Fred, Gary Winters on trumpet and Jay Rodriguez on saxophone and flute got supersized in Zurich with the addition of old friends Candy Dulfer and Nils Landgren. Click here for photos from the night. For seven nights Rose Ann Dimalanta lent her funky brilliance and beauty to Fred's 30-years-strong rhythm section featuring Bruce Cox on drums, Dwayne Dolphin on bass, and Reggie Ward on guitar.
Next up, with original member Peter Madsen rejoining on keys, are dates in France, including another night Nov. 29 at Fred's beloved New Morning in Paris. Tickets are still available. Next year, stay tuned for Fred and the band's 80th Birthday World Tour.