Fred Wesley and the New JB’s
August 24 – 27, 2023
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
2033 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121
SHOW ADMISSION: $43.50 (includes $9.00 service fee)
KBCS 91.3, KNKX and Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes one of the forefathers of funk, legendary bandleader Fred Wesley, with his band the New JBs for four nights and six shows. Band members are Fred Wesley (trombone, vocals), Peter Madsen (keys), Brandon Wright (sax), Gary Winters (trumpet), Reggie Ward (guitar), Dwayne Dolphin (bass) and Bruce Cox (drums). Show times Thursday – Sunday at 7:30pm. Show times Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm Thursday and 5:30pm Friday – Sunday.
One of the forefathers of funk, legendary bandleader Fred Wesley, with his band the New JBs, maintains the standard he helped James Brown and George Clinton set in the ‘70s. Together at its core for more than 30 years, Fred Wesley and the New JB Horns, is a living celebration of this seminal music, as well as Fred’s and others’ soulful jazz, funk and blues compositions. Their repertoire ranges from danceable hits like “Pass the Peas” made with James Brown and the original JBs including Maceo Parker, to jazz compositions that reflect the be bop in Fred’s heart.
Born in Columbus, Georgia, and raised in Mobile, Ala., Fred began his career as a teenage trombonist with Ike and Tina Turner. He later was music director, arranger, trombonist and a primary composer for Brown from 1968-1975, then arranged for and played with Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band.
With Brown, Fred became “the world’s most famous sideman, orchestrating the sinuous grooves and contributing the bold, surgically precise solos that defined the language of funk.” He helped take funk to the next level with George Clinton and Bootsy Collins.
Fred has recorded a dozen solo albums including the cult favorite House Party, which is featured in the Oscar-winning documentary When We Were Kings and countless other documentaries and books about the fun. In addition he hosts master classes around the world.
Fred’s critically acclaimed memoir Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Side Man (Duke University Press, 2002) chronicles through hilarious stories, a half century of music history, through the eyes of one of the world’s most-sampled musicians.
Also a veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra, Fred has worked with scores of other artists, from Ray Charles to Trombone Shorty. His current projects include the organ trio Generations and the klezmer-funk-hip hop unit Abraham Incorporated. www.funkyfredwesley.com
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley