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Friday April 24
Willi Amrod Band with Fred Wesley & Pee Wee Ellis
The Willi Amrod Band & Fred Wesley celebrate PeeWee Ellis's 79th Birthday!
Willi Amrod, Vito Petroccitto, Dave Neufeld, Johnny Greenbacks, Eddie Flicke, Peter Martin
With The Outta Town Horns: Gene Oliveri, Kim “Doc” Nicholas , Sam Newsome, and Sal Oliveri
James Brown Band Alumnus - Fred Wesley (Trombone)
Legendary bandleader, trombonist and author Fred Wesley is one of the forefathers of funk, still setting the standard. Fred’s critically acclaimed memoir “Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Side Man” (Duke University Press, 2002) chronicles a half century of music through the eyes of one of the world’s most-sampled musicians.
Fred began his career as a teenage trombonist with Ike & Tina Turner. He was music director, arranger, trombonist and primary composer for James Brown from 1968-1975. He then arranged for and played with Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s (Collins) Rubber Band.
With Brown, Fred became “the world’s most famous sideman, orchestrating the sinuous grooves and contributing the bold, surgically precise solos that defined the language of funk.” He took funk to the next level with George Clinton and Bootsy Collins.
James Brown Band Alumnus - Pee Wee Ellis (Sax)
Pee Wee has been called The Man Who Invented Funk, joining James Brown in 1965, generating 26 recordings that define what we think of as Funk to this day. Pee Wee's effect on music led directly to George Clinton, Sly Stone and, in a circular twist, Miles Davis.
In 1979 Van Morrison asked Pee Wee to arrange his Into The Music album, an association that lasted for six years and five albums, then repeated for another five years and five more albums in 2013.
A reunited JB Horns - James Brown's original horn section ; Pee Wee, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker - made several albums and toured extensively.
Pee Wee had found world music, and has contributed arrangements for Malian singer Oumou Sangare, Senegalese singer Cheikh Lo, Cuban legends: Cachaito and Miguel CEAnga1 Diaz, and World Circuit Records, including work on Ali Farka Toure's last album.
Willie Amrod has been playing for decades with some of the best musicians in the world. He opened for Janis Joplin, and for Levon Helm at the old Lone Star NYC. His funk-based fare has roots rock and country flavors, and environmental themes long before it became fashionable
His CD Children of the Earth was produced by renowned drummer Gary Burke (Bob Dylan, Joe Jackson Shania Twain) and featured the JBs-Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley- the famed original horn section for James Brown, members of NRBQ's Joey Spampinato,Terry Adams, Steve Ferguson and Frank Gadler joined in as well as John Platania, Ed Roynesdal, Ted Orr, Swampbat Sheehan and Rob Leon.
The Amrod Band currently plays in the Hudson Valley area, where it's built a solid fanbase the old-fashioned way, by relentless gigs and great shows.
Willi Amrod Band Live in Concert