The trip comes just days after finishing a great tour with his New JBs in Zurich at the jazz club Moods, but he managed to fit two amazing special appearances into the short gap.
Friday, Sept. 30, found him having a mind-blowing experience at Soundcheck Studios in Pembroke, Mass., with the BT ALC Big Band, a funky unit co-founded by trombonist Brian Thomas and trumpeter Alex Lee-Clark, who met in music school and bonded over a shared love for Fred and his music. Fred had a blast playing with the group's talented musicians, who this night included Ryan Zoidis of funk band Lettuce, with whom Fred has played many times.
It was a beautiful night with a great crowd in a great venue. 'When I heard my 'Damn Right' solo being played by the whole trombone section, in harmony, I was blown away," Fred said. Thank you Brian and Alex, and photographers Ken Spielman and Max Cross for the awesome photos below.
Sunday, Oct. 1, after a quick swing through old stomping grounds in Charleston and Manning, South Carolina, found Fred at the ColaJazzFest in state capital Columbia, where he shared magical musical moments with fellow trombonists Mitch Butler and the one and only Wycliffe Gordon, and got to meet legendary saxophonist and South Carolina native Houston Person, who shared the bill. Thank you to trumpeter/organizer Mark Rapp and the whole organization. Enjoy the family photos from below and stay tuned for more.
Fred with Alex Lee-Clark and Brian Thomas.
Fred and Houston Person
Wycliff, Mitch and Fred reviving the choreography for "Pass the Peas."
From Zurich, photo by Max Speidel.