Fred Thomas of the J.B.'s will be performing live at Sixty5 on Main on Saturday, December 24th from 8:30pm - 12am! We are so excited to have The Fred Thomas Band perform live at Sixty5 on Main!
Fred Thomas occupies a very special niche in the history R&B. As James Brown’s principal bassist since 1971, he participated in one the most prolific periods in the Godfather of Soul’s incredible career as a member of Brown’s band, the J.B.'s.
Fred can be heard on hits such as: “Hot Pants”, “Papa Don’t Take No Mess,” “Make it Funky,” "Get on the Good Foot," "Doing it to Death," "I'm a Greedy Man," "I Got Ants in My Pants," "There it Is," "Stoned to the Bone," and instrumental classics like “Pass the Peas” and “Gimme Some More.”
He's on the seminal "Live at the Apollo Vol. 3 Revolution of the Mind" and can be seen in "Soul Power" (2008) documentary of James Brown's 1974 concert in Zaire, and in the many James Brown "Soul Train" appearances.
In his band, Fred Thomas is front and center singing, playing bass and tearing into a mix of blues and soul classics and the JB hits he recorded on. An album of original material is on the way, so stay tuned!
Guitarist, Gabriel Caplan, has joined Fred over the past eight years. In backing up Daptone label artist, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, they have played shows including; Jazz A Vienne; Latitude Fest; Bergenfest; Festival d'été de Québec; Daptone Soul Review at Williamsburg Park, Bonnaroo “Which Stage"; MontereyJazz Fest; Celebrate Brooklyn.
Brooklyn stalwart, Jimmy Hill, keys and vocals, has played with everyone from Wilson Pickett, The Intruders, Shirelles, Marvelettes and most recently with Black Velvet–nom de funk for Charles Bradley–as leader of the Allstarz Revue. He is also a session musician for Daptone Records.
Drummer, Tony Hernandez, has back up Fred in his band over the past seven years, and can be heard at Terra blues with Michael Powers, Seron Crenshaw, T Blues Band. Clarence Spady and other blues, soul, funk, rock artists.
Tyrone Cox, trumpet and vocals, has played with everyone from Sam and Dave to Wilson Picket and was a member of The Drifters in the 80s. He is best known as an original member of Crown Heights Affair.
Kaori "Kiki" Nakajima (tenor saxophone) hails from Tokyo, where she has performed with artist such as Ben E. King, The Stylistics,Three Degrees and top acts of Japan. She can be heard on many recordings for pop, funk and soul artists and in commercial music for film and TV.