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  • Fred Wesley and the New JB’s

    Date 28.06.2023 20:00
    Orpheum Graz
    28.06.2023 20:00
    Fred Wesley and the New JB’s

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    Die Funkjazz-Legende lässt die Posaune glühen !



    Fred Wesley - trombone
    Gary Winters - trumpet
    Phillip Whack - saxophone
    Reggie Ward - guitar
    Peter Madsen - keyboards
    Dwane Dolphin - bass
    Bruce Cox - drums

    Der vitale Posaunist, der in den Bands von James Brown und George Clinton Musikgeschichte geschrieben hat, zählt zu den wichtigsten Persönlichkeiten des Funk: Er kreierte wegweisende Hits wie „Big Payback“ und „Pass the Peas“ (James Brown and the JBs) oder auch „Stretching Out“ (Bootsy Collins). Er spielte die Hauptrolle in dem Dokumentarfilm „Soul Power“ und in dem Oscar-prämierten Film „When We Were Kings“. Er hat an zahlreichen Dokumentarfilmen über die Funkmusik und bei unzähligen weiteren Projekten mitgewirkt. Und er denkt noch lange nicht an den Ruhestand. Mit seinen New JBs beweist der inzwischen 72-jährige Power-Posaunist vielmehr, dass er nach wie vor eine Klasse für sich ist, wenn es darum geht, aus brillanten Musikern eine funkensprühende Funk-Unit zu formen. (Pressetext)

    Born in Columbus, Georgia, and raised in Mobile, Ala., Fred Wesley began his career as a teenage trombonist with Ike and Tina Turner. He later was music director, arranger, trombonist and a primary composer for James Brown from 1968-1975, then arranged for and played with Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band.
    With Brown and as leader of his backing band The JBs, Wesley “was the world’s most famous sideman, orchestrating the sinuous grooves and contributing the bold, surgically precise solos that defined the language of funk.” In teaming with George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, he played a key role in taking funk to the next level. Wesley is featured in the documentary film “Soul Power,” as well as the Oscar-winning “When We Were Kings” and countless other documentaries about James Brown and funk music.
    «It’s well-known in rap and hip-hop circles that, along with (James) Brown and (George) Clinton, WESLEY is one of the most-sampled musicians in the world today.» Timothy White, Billboard
    Seminal hits he helped create include Brown’s and the JBs’ “Big Payback” and “Pass the Peas.” Others include Parliament’s “P-Funk” and Bootsy’s “Stretching Out.” Author of the acclaimed memoir, “Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Side Man” (Duke University Press 2002), Wesley is one of music’s most-sampled musicians. Artists who have sampled his work include Janet Jackson (“That’s The Way Love Goes”) and Nas (“Nastradamus”).
    A veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra, Wesley also has worked with a who’s who of other artists including Ray Charles, Pancho Sanchez, Van Morrison, Usher, the SOS Band and Cameo, as well as with his close friends and cohorts Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis.
    Today, he plays and records with his own jazz-funk band, the New JBs, and is one-third of the innovative “klezmer-funk” collaboration Abraham Inc. He also freelances as an arranger, producer and studio performer, and shares his wealth of musical knowledge with young musicians and music students in educational settings worldwide. (Pressetext)


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