Yes. Fred Thomas is THAT bass player. The one who plays on the classic James Brown cuts you know and love.
Those moments where James yells ”Fred!" and then a super funky bass dominates the recording? THAT’s Fred Thomas! You’ve already seen him at LunÀtico if you’ve ever been to our Sunday Gospel Brunch with Naomi Shelton’s Gospel Angels. Tonite, Fred celebrates his birthday with us in what promises to be a funky blowout of an evening:
Here’s the lineup:
Fred Thomas, bass
Gabriel Caplan, guitar
Jimmy Hill, piano
Geoff Burke, sax
Tyrone Cox, trumpet
and special guest drummer and vocalists!!!
Brooklyn based 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’sband, the J.B.'s. More info below:
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.