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Fred Wesley (born 1943) is an American jazz and funk trombonist. 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Jazz is an original American musical art form that originated around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in African American musical styles blended with Western music technique and theory. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... A trombonist is a musician who plays the trombone. ...


He was the son of a high school teacher and big band leader. During the 1960s and 1970s, he was a pivotal member of James Brown's bands, playing the trombone, serving at times as musical director. His slippery riffs and pungent, precise solos, contrasting with those of saxophonist Maceo Parker, gave James Brown's R&B, soul, and funk tunes their instrumental punch. He later left James Brown's band and spent several years playing with George Clinton's various Parliament/Funkadelic projects, even recording a couple of albums as a spin-off group, The Horny Horns. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Maceo Parker (born February 14, 1943) is a noted African American funk and soul jazz saxophone player, best known for his contributions to James Browns distinct sound. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Soul music is a music genre that combines rhythm and blues and gospel music originating in the late 1950s in the United States. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... George Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American musician, widely considered one of the forefathers of funk. ... States currently utilizing parliamentary systems are denoted in red and orange—the former being constitutional monarchies where authority is vested in a parliament, and the latter being parliamentary republics whose parliaments are effectively supreme over a separate head of state. ... Funkadelic was originally the backing band for the doo wop group, The Parliaments. ... The Horny Horns is a horn section led by trombonist Fred Wesley. ...


Wesley became a force in jazz in 1978 when he joined the Count Basie Orchestra. He released his first jazz CD as a leader, "To Someone" in 1988. It was followed by "New Friends" in 1990, "Comme Ci Comme Ca" in 1991, and his latest two releases as a leader, the live CD, "Swing and Be Funky" and "Amalgamation" in 1994. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Wesley's 35-year career includes playing with and arranging for a wide variety of other artist such as Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Randy Crawford, Vanessa Williams, The SOS Band, Cameo and rappers De La Soul, to name a few. Many other artists have sampled his work. Ray Charles was the stage name of Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004). ... Lionel Hampton with George W. Bush Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002), was a bandleader, jazz percussionist and vibraphone virtuoso. ... Randy Crawford (born Veronica Crawford in Macon, Georgia on February 18, 1952) is a jazz and R&B singer. ... Vanessa Williams on the cover of her 2005 album Everlasting Love Vanessa Lynn Williams[1] (born March 18, 1963) is an American R&B/pop/theatrical singer and actress. ... The SOS Band is an American musical ensemble, founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977. ... 2002 Lincoln cent, obverse, proof with cameo Cameo is a method of carving, or an item of jewelry made in this manner. ... De La Soul is a massively influential hip hop group, hailing from Long Island, New York. ...


Wesley toured with his colleagues from the James Brown band, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker as the JB Horns in the early nineties. With the departure of Pee Wee Ellis the band became The Maceo Parker Band. Wesley was featured trombonist with Maceo Parker until 1996 when he formed his own band, The Fred Wesley Group. Pee Wee Ellis is an American saxophonist. ... Maceo Parker (born February 14, 1943) is a noted African American funk and soul jazz saxophone player, best known for his contributions to James Browns distinct sound. ... Pee Wee Ellis is an American saxophonist. ... Maceo Parker (born February 14, 1943) is a noted African American funk and soul jazz saxophone player, best known for his contributions to James Browns distinct sound. ...


In 2002, Wesley wrote Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Sideman (ISBN 0-8223-2909-3), an autobiography about his life as a sideman. Also in 2002 he recorded an album with a group of jazz musicians calling themselves the Fred Wesley Band entitled 'Cuda Wuda Shuda.' See also: 2001 in literature, other events of 2002, 2003 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Cover of An autobiography, from the Greek auton, self, bios, life and graphein, write, is a biography written by the subject or composed conjointly with a collaborative writer (styled as told to or with). The term dates from the late eighteenth century, but the form is much older. ... A sideman is a professional musician who is hired to perform or record with a group of which he is not formally a member. ...


Currently, among his other projects, he serves as an Adjunct Professor in the jazz studies department of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public university in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA and is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system. ...


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Fred Wesley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (309 words)
Fred Wesley (born 1943) is a jazz and funk trombonist.
Wesley toured with his colleagues from the James Brown band, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker as the JB Horns in the early nineties.
Wesley was featured trombonist with Maceo Parker until 1996 when he formed his own band, The Fred Wesley Group.
Fred Wesley biography 02 (1273 words)
Fred Wesley first became apparent on the world stage during his period with James Brown as band leader and then as front man for the J.B.'s.
Fred Wesley's funk playing is highly syncopated and particularly in the early days was full of variations on a number of established sixteenth note patterns.
The space that Wesley leaves at the beginning of each phrase and the fact that these phrases end on an off beat at the end of the bar could be in sympathy with the 'one'.
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