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Fred Wesley at Duke University
December 6 @ 8:00 pm
Friday, December 6, 2019 – 8:00 pm
$10 general admission/$5 senior citizens/students and youth 17 & under free
Legendary bandleader, trombonist and author Fred Wesley is one of the forefathers of funk still setting the standard with his jazz-funk band, The New JBs. Born in Columbus, Georgia, and raised in Mobile, Ala., 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. Wesley then arranged for and played with Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band, helping to take funk to the next level with George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. Also a veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra, he has worked with scores of other artists, from Ray Charles to Russell Gunn. The Duke Jazz Ensemble is directed by John Brown.