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Chico Freeman to headline Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle, Washington

 The Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle's most anticipated and community oriented jazz event, will take place May 17-20, and will headline legendary saxophonist, Chico Freeman. Dubbed trree decades ago as one of the “young lions" of jazz for his participation in recordings with other “stars to be," such as Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, and Paquito D'Rivera, Freeman's career has established him as one of the true modern masters of the saxophone, and jazz composition. Freeman will be featured at the festival finale, saturday evening's Mainstage Concert,…
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Chico Freeman nominated “Best Jazz/Blues Superstar of the Year” Chicago Music Awards

Chico Freeman nominated for "Best Jazz/Blues Superstar of the Year" for the Chicago Music Awards and his uncle George Freeman is nominated "Best Jazz Entertainer" Voting is open to the public worldwide Click here to vote. Saxophonist and composer Chico Freeman has been nominated for the Chicago Music Award in the top category of "Best Jazz/Blues Superstar. "I'm very honored and also quite surprised since I only moved back to the United States less than a year ago. For so many people to notice I'm…
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Chico Freeman @ NYC Winter Jazzfest

Chico Freeman Plus+tet  makes their NYC Winter Jazz Fest debut on Friday January 6 at 10:20PM at the Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd St. New York, NY 10012. Recently he gave some answers to some questions on the minds of a lot of folks. Is social justice important to you and why? Social justice to me is really justice for all human beings. Martin Luther King said it best. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of…
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London Jazz News: Chico Freeman Plus+tet – Cadogan Hall (November 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival)

First off, a set by Chico Freeman’s brilliant quartet that surpassed expectations and second, a presentation by the Cookers that somehow fell short of their very best. Long one of jazz’s wanderers - Chico Freeman returned to the United States in May 2016 after more than a decade living in Europe - Freeman, as he reminded us, had been an absentee from London for quite a while and seemed genuinely glad to be back. His latest band, the Plus+tet, has been touring the US behind…
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Financial Times: London Jazz Festival: Highlights from an event that had jazz in all its forms — orchestral to hip-hop to modernist

A ballad also stood out in Chico Freeman’s curtain-raiser. The Chicago-raised saxophonist got to the bittersweet essence of “To Hear a Teardrop in the Rain” with unaccompanied high notes and a round, muscular warmth, rooted in the blues. Elsewhere, “Elvin” was inspired by the late drummer Elvin Jones, “Erica’s Reverie” was fugue-like and the closer an up-tempo romp. Sax and rhythm quartets have space to fill, and at this show, Freeman and pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly delivered with unflagging invention and style. Freeman hasn’t played…
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