Fred Wesley

Fred Wesley (born July 4, 1943) is an American R&B/jazz-funk trombonist from Mobile, Ala., who emerged in James Browne’s backing band, which morphed into the J.B.’s in 1970. Wesley himself headed the band on two 1973/74 albums on Browne’s People imprint, issued internationally on Polydor. Between 1977 and 1979, Wesley headed the Horny Horns for two albums on Atlantic, followed by a 1980 solo release on Curtis Mayfield‘s Curtom label.


  • Damn Right I Am Somebody (1974 • Fred Wesley and the J.B.’s)
  • Breakin’ Bread (1974 • Fred & the New J.B.’s)
  • A Blow for Me, a Toot to You (1977 • Fred Wesley and The Horny Horns)
  • Say Blow by Blow Backwards (1979 • Fred Wesley and The Horny Horns)
  • House Party (1980)

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