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Saturday, November 7, 2015


(Fred Wesley. Pic by Alex Hincliffe)

After a sold-out show in 2014, world-renowned American trombonist Fred Wesley, along with his band the New JBs, will appear in Durban for one night only as part of his South African tour this November. 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. They will appear on November 25 at 19h00 in the Sipho Gumede (Bat Hall) Bat Centre. Tickets R150 booked at Computicket.