James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Parliament-Funkadelic and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have all benefitted from Fred Wesley’s incomparable groove. He’s the funk artist par excellence – he began his career when he was very young, as Ike and Tina Turner’s trombonist, before joining James Brown as musician, composer and arranger from 1968 until 1975. His compositions from when he was band leader have been sampled by a whole generation of hip-hop artists, including 2Pac, Nas, Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest. This trombonist is a real funk legend – he was a part of the jazz-funk revival in the early ‘90s with his group The New JB’s. On stage, his bond with his musicians reaches its summit in soul and gospel-flavored funk.