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Chico Freeman


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Chico Freeman is a modern jazz tenor saxophonist born on July 17, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois.

Son of the Chicago-based jazz saxophonist Von Freeman, he is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a major in music. A critically acclaimed performer, he is capable of intricate melodies and rhythms. He came to prominence in the late 1970s as part of a movement including Wynton Marsalis of modern players steeped in the traditions of jazz, recording for independent labels like India Navigation and Contemporary Records. A Freeman album will typically contain standards and compositions by modernists like John Coltrane as well as new tunes by Freeman and his contemporaries such as bassist Cecil McBee.

The line-up on his 1981 album Destiny’s Dance includes Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Hutcherson, Cecil McBee (these two contributing compositions), with Freeman playing tenor and bass clarinet.
Freeman has toured internationally, both with his band in support of his album Oh By the Way… as well as with Chaka Khan, Tomasz Stanko, Celia Cruz and Tito Puente.
Behind the scenes electronic soundscapist, composer and producer Jan Pulsford met the legendary jazz saxophonist, composer, producer and song writer Chico Freeman whilst beta testing the Rocket Network for Logic Audio. Both ground breakers in their own fields, they are currently writing for a wide range of artists from trip hop to nu-jazz to hiphop to jazz standards alongside their own project ICOJA which mixes jazz and electronica.


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