Chico Freeman

Chico Freeman ( born July 17, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois as Earl Lavon Freeman Jr.) is an American jazz musician (saxophone, clarinet, flute, composition).

The son of Chicago saxophonist Von Freeman learned in preschool piano, trumpet in school, joined as a teenager but mainly with vocal groups. During his studies he discovered mathematics for the tenor saxophone and then moved to the Governors State University to complete a music degree. In 1976 he led the band at the University of Notre Dame Jazz Festival five awards, which were granted to him even two. His studies he supplemented by private lessons with Muhal Richard Abrams. During this time he played in AACM ensembles, in his father's band, but also with bluesmen like Junior Wells and Memphis Slim. In 1976 he moved to New York, where he worked with Sam Rivers, Cecil McBee and other representatives of the loft jazz scene, but also with Jeanne Lee, and Sun Ra. With the band of Elvin Jones in 1977 he toured through Europe. Then he played with Don Pullen. With the AACM Big Band and with his father in 1979 he was at the Moers Festival and the Berlin Jazz Festival.

While the avant-garde further explores first in own groups with Anthony Davis or Billy Hart Jazz, he turns to the early 1980s and the tradition of care. He is probably the first experimental jazz musicians of his generation, who presented with " Destiny 's Dance " is an album with standards. In keeping with the album "Tradition in Transition" (1982 ) he dresses and his touring band in uniform suits. Both with their own groups as well as with Jack DeJohnettes Special Edition with McCoy Tyner and he played great American and European festivals. In 1984 he founded with Don Moye Famoudou the All Star lineup The Leaders, which belonged to him, except Arthur Blythe, Lester Bowie, Kirk Lightsey, Cecil McBee and initially Don Cherry Don Pullen and. He also continued to work with his father as well as his own groups; next acoustic groups he also has a Electric Band with Brainstorm. At its recent recordings, also Mal Waldron or Dianne Reeves are involved. He plays regularly with the Reto Weber Percussion Orchestra and other guests as Albert Mangelsdorff ( " The Wake Keeping ", 1996) or Franco Ambrosetti ( " Face to Face", 2001). In addition, he contributed also to recordings of Tito Puente, Machito, Ray Barretto, Lester Bowie and Kip Hanrahan.

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External links and sources

  • Literature of and over Chico Freeman in the catalog that German national library
  • Website
  • Martin Kunzler, Jazz Encyclopedia, Vol 1, 2002; ISBN 3-499-16512-0, keyword " Chico Freeman "
  • Ian Carr et al, Rough Guide Jazz. Stuttgart 1999; ISBN 3-476-01584- X, keyword " Chico Freeman "
  • Morton, Richard & Cook, Brian: The Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD, London 2002 ( 6th edition ); ISBN 0-14-051521-6
  • Jazz saxophonist
  • Jazz clarinetist
  • Jazz flutist
  • American musician
  • Born in 1949
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