Legendary Chicago jazz guitarist George Freeman has been honing his dynamic, explosive style since the 1940s, working with dozens of the genre’s hall of famers, including Charlie Parker, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Gene Ammons, Jimmy McGriff, Buddy Rich, Shirley Scott, and his brothers Von and Bruz Freeman. On Sunday, April 10, Freeman turns 95, and to mark […]
Ari Brown hasn’t often sought the spotlight, but his blend of bebop rigor and avant-garde daring puts him on par with the likes of Fred Anderson and Von Freeman.
After saxophonist Archie Shepp became known in the 1960s as a fierce musical and political voice in what was then called the avant-garde, he charted a different path. In 1977, Shepp recorded a collection of traditional spirituals (and one jazz standard) in a duet session with pianist Horace Parlan titled Goin’ Home, which is as […]
“I’ve been on this journey to be able to present within the jazz community. . . . To be a union of creative beauty.”
The city is replacing the Chicago Jazz Festival with a slimmed-down online event, while the smaller, nimbler Hyde Park Jazz Festival plans to try pop-up in-person shows.
Guitarist George Freeman and harmonica player Billy Branch demonstrate the common roots of the sounds they love.
Von Freeman played in Sun Ra’s Arkestra in 1959 and ’60, and this week French horn player and Chicago native Vincent Chancey leads a strong local group through tunes Ra played in those days.
By staying put in his hometown, this Chicago saxophonist has nurtured generations of musicians—and a south-side festival that’s now in its 16th year.
Saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman talked to local reedist Geof Bradfield during a Chicago residency that ends with a Millennium Park concert on Thursday.
The Green Mill has more stories than any tavern in town. Here are a few from the past three decades.
Who says it’s dead in December—a slew of live jazz options for the weekend
DuSable High School band director Captain Walter Dyett taught generations of future stars.
Longtime Von Freeman sideman Mike Allemana starts a new project with George Freeman.
Leader of the Evolution Ensemble: “There was a freedom in jazz and all of the different chances you could take.”
Caroline Davis, a spectacular saxophonist 20 years in the making