Fred's Public Calendar

Friday, April 18, 2014

Now, Macau

Fred's playing tonight in Macau, where he's making news and making friends as his New JBs headline the 14th Macau International Jazz Festival

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Heading to L.A.

Fred will jam on Sunday in Los Angeles at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, at an event to benefit his longtime musical compadre and friend, Maestro Delbert Taylor. Then, it's off to Macau!

He made it home safely Tuesday from a beautiful seven weeks in Europe (thank you, Europe!), finishing up with two dates in Switzerland with guest pianist Rad KirschClick here to enjoy news coverage of the band's short and stormy time in Badalona, a lovely coastal suburb of Barcelona, Spain. Also enjoy these photos and stay tuned for more.

Backstage in Thun.
Onstage in Thun (photo by Olaf Veit)
After Macau, Fred will travel to New Orleans to take part in the Roots of Music benefit Fiya Fest, along with other Fiyawerx events for JazzFest. Finally, click here to read about the fourth annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, where Dianne Reeves will headline and Fred will appear with 20-year New JBs bassist Dwayne Dolphin and fellow Pittsburgh native Sean Jones, trumpeter.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tonight, Thun (pronounced "toon")

The 21st of 21 dates on the European tour Fred and his New JBs have enjoyed this spring happens tonight at KKThun. The band bids Europe a funky farewell in the lovely Swiss city of Thun, on a picturesque lake with the same name. Stay tuned for more photos and highlights from the tour soon.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Beautifully photographed in France

Happy crowds this weekend at Quasimodo in Berlin and Lucerna Music Bar in Prague enjoyed special nights of funk with Fred and the New JBs, smoking hot after a killer nine-date tour of France that finished up Friday at Juliobona in Lillebonne. Many thanks to Yohann of Nueva Onda Production for the outstanding bookings.

Thanks to Jean Louis Neveu for these great photos from Nice.

Merci beaucoup to to Xavier Chauvet for the shots below from Blois.

Fred is also in the news. Click here for news of a special show paying tribute to James Brown coming up in August at the Hollywood Bowl. Click here for a review of the performance with Pee Wee Ellis at the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Funking in France, again

Fred and his New JBs are five French dates into this spring's  21-city European tour. Merci beaucoup to all the funky people who filled venues last week in Nice, Arles, Agen, Nanterre and Blois! More thanks to journalist David Cristol, who filed this report from Agen. Here's the hard-working band --plus road manager Joya and bus driver Mario -- prepared to enjoy yet another fine French meal.

(Clockwise from left) Mario Kalla, Phillip Whack, Gary Winters, Joya Wesley,
 Fred, Bruce Cox, Peter Madsen, Reggie Ward, Dwayne Dolphin

Onstage in Blois.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Getting back to barbecue at KBQ

When his current tour ends, Fred looks forward to getting back to his favorite barbecue -- from KBQ, run by his daughters and son-in-law in the Washington, DC, metro area, where Washingtonian readers repeatedly ranked it the area's favorite. KBQ has a new location in Lanham, Maryland, that's double the old size and now licensed to sell liquor. Click here to join the new crowdfunding campaign to get the deliciousness of KBQ back in business.