RIP: Freddie Deronde


2 Feb 2012, 08:42

It is with regret that we learned of the death of jazzman Freddie Deronde in January 2012. Deronde was a natural musician from an early age, and had a very promising jazz career that was constantly troubled. He played with artists such as Bud Powell, Tete Montoliu (p), Clifford Brown, Quincy Jones, Clark Terry, Jon Eardley, Chet Baker (tp), Phil Woods, Don Byas, Sahib Shihab, Jerome Richardson, Lennart Johnson, Robin Kenyatta, Pepper Adams, Joe Henderson, Hank Mobley, Lee Konitz and Jean-Luc Ponty. His troubled private life interrupted his career.

The album Spontaneous Effort is a superb testimony to Freddie at his best and almost heralded the return to his rightful place in 1989. But was not followed up.

Deronde is survived by his wife Micheline.

Video: "Ready for Freddie" with JR Monterose [youtube][/youtube]
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