THERE’S a chance next week to hear a musician known worldwide as one of the architects of funk music.

Fred Wesley plays the Picturedrome in Holmfirth on Wednesday July 18.

Fred began his professional career as a teenage trombonist with Ike and Tina Turner.

But it was his work with godfather of Soul James Brown in the 1970s that established him as the world's funkiest trombone player.

He has become not just a widely admired trombonist but applauded too as a composer, arranger, bandleader and author.

Today, he fronts his own jazz-funk band, the New JBs, passes his expertise along to students and younger musicians around the world, and lends his fire as a musician to assorted artists across a broad musical spectrum.

As a player, Fred has no equals in American music whether it’s jazz, funk, R&B, blues or any other style.

His reputation as a bandleader ranges from his direction of James Brown’s fabled JBs to today’s Fred Wesley Group. He knows how to choose the best musicians and meld them into tight units.

The concert at Holmfirth begins at 8pm. Tickets are £8 from Michael Rath Trombones on

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