Virtuoso Tenor Saxophone
For the past decade Fred Vigdor has been the saxophonist and horn arranger with the legendary Average White Band, The majority of the year finds “Freddy V” performing with AWB on television, radio and at festivals and clubs all over the world. He is featured on the AWB CDs “Face To Face”, “Living in Colour”, “AWB: Greatest and Latest”, “Soul & The City; Live at BB Kings” and the concert DVD “Tonight: The Average White Band”. His compositions have been recorded by Grover Washington Jr., AWB, Bob Baldwin and Marion Meadows. In the Summer of 2004 he took over the saxophone duties with vocalist Michael McDonald on the Rock & Soul Revue Tour. It was through this collaboration that McDonald asked Fred to play on his “Motown II” CD.
In 2005, Fred started work on a solo effort with long time friend, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Mo Pleasure. Three years later, the result is "Easier Than It Looks", Freddy V’s debut solo album. The collection of 12 tracks, heavily steeped in the traditions of classic jazz/funk and soul, features performances from fellow AWB bandmates, including a brand new song from AWB founding member, Alan Gorrie, as well as a fresh re-working of the AWB classic "Let's Go Round Again," showcasing the voice of Klyde Jones. The CD has Freddy V joined by a crew of musicians whose resumes include Prince, Tower of Power, and Earth, Wind & Fire, and includes a collaboration with renowned jazz producer/performer, Bob Baldwin, on an instrumental version of the Mint Condition gem, "What Kind Of Man Would I Be".
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