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Tuesday, November 24, 2015


(Fred Wesley. Pic by Alex Hincliffe)

After a sold-out performance in 2014, world-renowned American trombonist Fred Wesley, along with his band the New JBs, returns to South Africa and will perform in Durban on November 25 at the Bat Centre.

Audiences are in for a unique experience with one of the forefathers of funk who has been sampled by multitudes of artists including Janet Jackson and Nas.

Fred Wesley worked with James Brown from 1968 to 1975 as music director and trombonist. The primary composer for Brown's backing band, the JBs, Wesley contributed the unique elements that define and make up the enduring musical form that is funk. This respected composer, arranger, musicologist, author and educator is a veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra. The impressive list of musicians he has worked with includes heavyweights such as Ray Charles, Pancho Sanchez, Van Morrison, Usher and his close friends Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker.

Fred Wesley and the New JBs' South Africa tour is hosted by the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, with the Nu Notes as the supporting band.

The Durban concert takes place on November 25 at the Sipho Gumede Hall (Bat Hall) at the Bat Centre. Tickets R150. The BAT Centre Trust is situated at 45 Maritime Place in the Small Craft Harbour in Durban. For more information contact 031 332 0451 or visit