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Headlining this year’s concert is star performer, multi-reedman Chico Freeman. The musician, composer and producer is heralded as one of the most important saxophonists of our time. Chico has recently returned to the United States after more than a decade living and working in Europe, and has graciously agreed to perform with nationally recognized trumpeter Thomas Heberer, guitarist Omar Tamez and percussionist Harvey Sorgen. Peter Mack on bass will round out this outstanding group of musicians.
“As much as I’ve travelled and on the road playing with such masters as McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Sam Rivers, Sun Ra, Dizzy Gillespie and so many jazz greats, as well as leading my own groups including founding “The Leaders” and the group “Roots,” an inner voice was telling me, you need to go to another level both musically and personally,” Freeman explains. “You need to work with other musicians from different cultures and create new avenues of expression.”
Few artists can equal his list of musical associations: Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Haynes, Von Freeman, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Eurythmics, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Sting, and many others. From South America to Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, Freeman has performed and recorded with such Latin greats as Chucho Valdes, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri and Puerto Rico’s famous El Gran Combo.
A legendary concert at Lincoln Center, by The Young Lions, a group critics hailed as the brightest hopes of jazz in the 1980’s — Chico Freeman, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Kevin Eubanks, and others — produced an album on which Freeman plays nearly every cut. His 14-minute composition “Whatever Happened To The Dream Deferred?” was called “one of the best of the album” by the New York Times.
Pictured: Thomas Heberer, trumpet; Oscar Tamez, guitar; Harvey Sorgen, drums; Peter Mack, bass
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