October 17-22, Chico Freeman headlines the Village Vanguard. “Any musician who has headlined the Village Vanguard will attest there is no other venue like it in the world, says Freeman. “I certainly have always felt that, and while it’s been a very long time since I played there (I think the last time was with my father Von Freeman), I’m coming home Tuesday, Oct 17 through Sunday, Oct 22, 2017!” Tues through Thurs, the Chico Freeman Plus+tet will include Anthony Wonsey, Kenny Davis and Billy Hart on drums. Friday through Sunday Terri Lyne Carrington will take over the drum chair. On Thursday, Oct 19 and Friday, Oct 20 only, the evenings will be dedicated to the late Arthur Blythe. Blythe and Freeman recorded dozens of times and performed together with McCoy Tyner, The Leaders and Roots. Chico will be playing Arthur’s alto saxophone and for these two nights and Gust Tsilis (who was a long-time friend and musical partner of Blythe) will join the Plus+tet on vibes.
“Even though I’ve been back from Europe and living in New York for more than a year, playing the Village Vanguard truly feels like my homecoming. I hope you’ll join us and we’ll raise a toast together; to the music, to each other and to the Village Vanguard,” says Chico.
October 17-22, 2017 – 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM
178 7th Ave S,
New York, NY 10014
Chico Freeman Plus+tet
Chico Freeman: saxophones
Anthony Wonsey: piano
Kenny Davis: bass
Billy Hart: drums (Tues – Thurs)
Terri Lyne Carrington: drums (Fri – Sun)
Tribute to Arthur Blythe: Thurs and Fri only the Plus+tet will be augmented by vibist Gust Tsilis who was a long time friend and musical partner of Arthur’s, and Chico will be playing Arthur Blythe’s alto saxophone