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Fred Wesley

tb, *1943 US, Columbus, Georgia
Musician of Soul

Fred Wesley was born in 1943, the son of a high school teacher and big band leader. Like Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, his first love was jazz, until he joined the Ike and Tina Turner Revue in 1962. A brief period with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters and Army service preceded his first term with James Brown and his original band (1968-70); a brief Los Angeles period led to a second stint (1971-75) with the Godfather of Soul eventually leading J.B.'s, after its original line-up including Bootsy Collins left in 1971; the versatile trombonist then went on to featured roles with George Clinton as both a member of Funkadelic and leader of Horny Horns); he joined the Count Basie Orchestra as Al Grey's replacement in the late 1980s.

  
Instruments
  • Trombone
  • Vocals
  • Keyboards
  • Backing Vocals
Genres
  • Soul
  • Jazz
  • Hip Hop
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul - Remix on Motherlode by James Brown
House Party on House Party by Fred Wesley
Funk For Your Ass on Let It Flow - Fred Wesley's Tribute To James Brown by Fred Wesley
Bop To The Boogie on House Party by Fred Wesley
Lass Uns Leben on With A Little Help From My Friends by Fred Wesley
Still On The Loose on House Party by Fred Wesley
Introduction To The JB's / Doing It To Death on Funky Good Time: The Anthology by The J.B.'s
The Ballad Of Beulah Baptist on Wuda Cuda Shuda by Fred Wesley
Getcho Money Ready on Wuda Cuda Shuda by Fred Wesley
Caravan on Generations by Fred Wesley

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Fred Wesley, Leonardo Corradi, Tony Match are GenerationsFred Wesley2015Album
The Best Of Vol. 2Fred Wesley2011Compil.
With A Little Help From My FriendsFred Wesley2010Album
Funk For Your Ass (A Tribute To The Godfather Of Soul)Fred Wesley featuring John Jabo Starks & Clyde Stubblefield with Bootsy Collins2008Album
Elephants / FreedomKarl Denson's Tiny Universe Featuring Fred Wesley & Roy Hargrove / Michael Franti & Saul Williams2004Album
Wuda Cuda ShudaFred Wesley2003Album
Hit Me, Fred - Recollections Of A Sideman - The Best Of Fred WesleyFred Wesley2002Compil.
Live And FunkyPee Wee Ellis Feat. Fred Wesley, Fred Ross & Jimmy Smith2002Album
Essentials Vol. 2Fred Wesley2000Album
House Party / Tryin To Get Next To You / I Won The Big Deal (This Deal)Fred Wesley / Arnold Blair2000Album
Like This, Like ThatFred Wesley1998Single
Full Circle (From Be Bop To Hip Hop)Fred Wesley1998Album
AmalgamationFred Wesley1994Album
Live At The MoonwalkerThe Meters featuring JB Horns, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis1993Album
Horn Riffs For DJ's Volume 2Maceo Parker / Fred Wesley1993Album
Swing & Be FunkyFred Wesley1993Album
Horn Riffs For D.J.'sMaceo Parker / Fred Wesley1992Album
Comme Ci Comme CaFred Wesley1991Album
New FriendsFred Wesley1990Album
The J.B. HornsPee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley & Maceo Parker1990Album
Y?Jaye Ella Ruth Featuring Steve Williamson + Fred Wesley1990Album
House PartyFred Wesley1980Single
Still On The Loose / If This Be A DreamFred Wesley1980Single
House PartyFred Wesley1980Single
House PartyFred Wesley1980Album
House PartyFred Wesley1980Single
House Party / Another SongFred WesleyAlbum
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