Fred Wesley with Jabo Starks at The Red Bar Fri and Sat | Jan 16 & 17

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  1. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

    Nov 15, 2004
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    South Walton, FL
    The Red Bar is bringing some great music to the beach this coming weekend! SoWal's beloved Red Bar is always rocking, but this weekend is a special performance by Funky Fred Wesley on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 5:30pm.

    Fred Wesley joins John "Jabo" Starks of Red Bar Jazz Band for the weekend on the Red Bar stage.

    Red Bar Music Lineup for the weekend

    Friday Jan 16 5:30pm | Fred Wesley & Jabo Starks
    Saturday Jan 17 5:30pm | Fred Wesley & Jabo Starks
    Sunday Jan 18 12-3pm | Dread Clampitt
    Sunday Jan 18 7-10pm | Dread Clampitt


    Fred Wesley is an American jazz and funk trombonist, best known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as Parliament-Funkadelic in the second half of the 1970s.

    ne of the music world’s most-sampled artists thanks to his work with the Godfather of Soul James Brown, Fred Wesley is one of the key architects of funk music. Born in Mobile, Ala., he began his professional career as a teenage trombonist with Ike and Tina Turner. He was music director, arranger, trombonist and a primary composer for James Brown from 1968-1975, then arranged and played for Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band. He has played with and arranged for a wide variety of other artists including Ray Charles, Pancho Sanchez, New York Voices, Slide Hampton, Van Morrison, the SOS Band and Cameo, to name a few. Scores of other artists including Janet Jackson (“That’s the Way Love Goes”) and Nas (“Nastradamus”) have sampled his work. After a stint with the Count Basie Orchestra, he’s nurtured a devotion to jazz – playing, recording, writing and promoting it. His solo jazz recordings include “To Someone,” “Amalgamation,” “Comme Ci Comme Ca,” “Full Circle” and “Wuda Cuda Shud.”

    TROMBONE PLAYER: Fred Wesley has no equals in American music. Whether it’s jazz, funk, R&B, blues or other, his solos are always hot.

    We speak of love and happiness: For me, happiness is Fred Wesley playing his horn.”
    - James Brown

    “[Fred Wesley is] one of the most influential instrumentalist/composer/arrangers in the annals of R&B, soul-jazz, and hop-hop. . . [and] one of the most sampled musicians in the world today.”- Billboard Magazine

    SoWal visitors and locals love the Red Bar, and the Red Bar Jazz Band is a fixture thanks to Oli and Philippe Petit. But many don't know that right in front of them sits a legend with sticks in his hands, providing the beat for all the fun in Grayton Beach.
    John "Jabo" Starks (born October 26, 1938) is an American funk and blues drummer. He is best known for playing with James Brown. Starks played on many of Brown's biggest hits, either as the sole drummer or in tandem with Clyde Stubblefield, including "The Payback", "Sex Machine", "Super Bad", and "Talking Loud and Saying Nothing".

    Dread Clampitt is a local favorite bringing one of a kind bluegrass rock music to the stage every Sunday.


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