Sun July 12 – What can we say. The South London Soul Train takes things up a notch with a Funked up Live Sunday Special featuring Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, bandleader, and longtime musical director for James Brown’s renowned backing unit the J.B.’s. The one and only FRED WESLEY + full band Live in concert at the Bussey building/CLF Art Cafe http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?718956 With ample pre and post concert DJ support handled by your host with the absolute most JAZZHEADCHRONIC. JHC Dropping funked up bombs of soul all eve long.
About FRED WESLEY: As the longtime musical director for soul legend James Brown’s renowned backing unit the J.B.’s, trombonist Fred 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.
He made his professional debut at age 12 in a big band led by his school’s music teacher, E.B. Coleman, and soon was sitting in with local R&B acts as well. While studying music at Alabama State University, Wesley briefly tenured with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue as well as Hank Ballard & the Midnighters before serving in the U.S. Army, playing with the 55th Army Band and graduating from the Armed Forces School of Music.
After returning from military duty in 1967, Wesley formed his own project, the Mastersound, fusing R&B with hard bop. The group splintered within a year, however, and when he received a phone call from J.B.’s trumpeter Waymon Reed, who told him Brown was seeking a new trombonist, Wesley accepted the offer.
Brown’s infamously dictatorial approach wore greatly on Wesley, and the two men clashed often. After appearing on landmark singles including “Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud),” “Licking Stick,” and “Mother Popcorn,” the trombonist even quit the J.B.’s in late 1969, briefly gigging with Sam & the Goodtimers before returning to Brown’s camp in early 1971 and assuming the role of musical director and arranger.
Wesley’s contributions to classic funk outings including Black Caesar, Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off, and The Payback cannot be overstated: alongside bandmates including Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins, he spearheaded Brown’s groundbreaking transformation from soul to funk, establishing the template for the R&B of a new decade.
“I completed [Brown’s] creations, I followed his blueprints,” Wesley later said. “He would give me horn things to write, but sometimes maybe it would be incoherent musically and I would have to straighten it out, so to speak. When it came out of my brain, it would be a lot ofJames Brown’s ideas and my organization.” Wesley even wrote a handful of Brown hits including “Doin’ It to Death” and “Papa Don’t Take No Mess,” and headlined several J.B.’s records including the classic Damn Right I Am Somebody and Breakin’ Bread.
Full Bio Continued: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/fred-wesley-mn0000145269/biography
To say we are honoured and truly excited to have Fred Wesley, one of the original Godfathers of Funk, the man responsible for many of the classics songs and musical genres that we celebrate, listen and dance to today – perform live in Peckham is an understatement. Believe us when we say, this is one concert you’re really truly not gonna wanna miss. For any reason! Damn :D
A 1 Floor Live Sunday Concert Special taking all passengers on a Soul Tingling, Non-Stop Magical Mystery Tour through all things Too Damn Funky. P-Funk to Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz to Rare Groove Nâ€™ Stax, Motown to Club Classics and Anthems.
As always, Passengers are requested to check their Souls at the Station as this ones for good time party people only! No Bass Wobbles Here, Only Love, Funk and Souuuuuuuul.
Event runs 7pm – 11pm with band on stage around 830pm. So plenty of time to come, enjoy and make it home nice and early, ready for what you gotta do on Monday.
And as this is a Live concert special Admission is set at Â£5/7/10 Adv or Â£15 OTD [If available] / Event Normally Takes place on the 1st + 3rd Sat of each month.
NEXT EVENT: Sat July 18 – The South London Soul Train Disco Special with JHC, DJ Young Pulse + More on 4 Floors. http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?709714
See you on the dancefloors fo sho