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Von Freeman

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Not nearly simply because famous simply because his son Chico Freeman (also a tenor saxophonist), Von Freeman was even so an similarly — or even more therefore — accomplished jazz musician. Without a free of charge jazz player by itself, Von exhibited features commonly from the avant-garde: a approximately hewn, vocalic build; a flexible, relatively imprecise method of rhythm, along with a fanciful harmonic concept. The kid of the ragtime-loving policeman and guitar-playing housewife, Freeman himself started playing music around age two, beginning over the family members piano. He was encircled by music from a age group; his maternal grandfather and uncle had been guitarists, and his brothers George and Bruz also became jazz music artists (on electric guitar and drums, respectively). At age seven, Freeman produced a primitive saxophone by detatching the horn from his parents’ Victrola and boring openings in it. Quickly thereafter he started playing clarinet, after that C-melody saxophone. Louis Armstrong was an early on influence. Freeman went to Chicago’s DuSable SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, where his music group movie director was the famed educator Captain Walter Dyett. He also discovered harmony through the school’s chorus movie director, Mrs. Bryant Jones. Freeman worked well for about annually with Horace Henderson’s Orchestra (1940-1941). He performed inside a Navy music group within the armed service (1941-1945). Pursuing that, he performed inside your home music group at Chicago’s Pershing Ballroom (1946-1950), and for a while with Sunlight Ra (1948-1949). While at the Pershing, he used lots of the best jazz music artists who approved through city, including Charlie Parker. Freeman created an underground status among Chicago-area music artists, and purportedly affected members from the city’s Association for the Advancement of Innovative Music artists (AACM). Freeman rarely remaining Chicago and documented infrequently, therefore under no circumstances achieving an excellent measure of popularity. Freeman documented with Milt Trenier for Cadet within the middle-’60s; Rahsaan Roland Kirk created a Freeman program for Atlantic in 1972. In the past due ’70s (as his kid Chico became well-known) Von was uncovered by a relatively wider market. In 1982, Chico and Von distributed a Columbia LP with pianist Ellis Marsalis and his sons Wynton and Branford (Fathers & Sons). Within the ’90s Freeman documented for the Steeplechase and Southport brands. Freeman was among the great individualists from the tenor saxophone, and continued to be creatively essential through the finish from the millennium. Freeman passed away of heart failing in 2012.

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Full Name Von Freeman
Date Of Birth October 3, 1923
Died August 11, 2012, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession Saxophonist
Education DuSable High School
Nationality American
Children Chico Freeman
Parents George
Siblings George Freeman
Music Songs Chant Time, Doin' It Right Now, Blue Pres, Never Fear Jazz Is Hear, Violets For Your Furs, Walkin' Tuff, Song for My Father, Blues for Sunnyland, Portrait of John Young, Young and Foolish, Hard Hittin', This Is Always, My Little Brown Book, Disorder At The Border, Be My Love, White Sand, Von: 'You Ready?', Lost in a Fog, Catnap, There Is No Greater Love, Dedicated to You, I'll Close My Eyes, I Like the Sunrise, In My Solitude, You'll Know When You Get There, Sweet and Lovely, Blues for Sunnyland Slim, I'll Follow You, The End of a Love Affair, Crazy She Calls Me, I Remember You, Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Albums Live at the Dakota, Have No Fear, Lord Riff and Me, The Great Divide, Never Let Me Go, Doin' It Right Now, You'll Know When You Get There, Doin' All Right Now, Young and Foolish, Emotions, Inside Chicago, Vol. 1, Inside Chicago, Vol. 2, Dedicated to You, Lester Leaps In


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1 He is survived by his two sons, Mark Freemn and Chico Freeman (tenor saxophonist) and his brother, George Freeman (jazz guitarist); his two daughters, Denise Freeman Jarrett and Brenda Freeman Jackson predeceased him. His brother, Edlridge "Bruz" Freeman also predeceased him.
2 He served in the United States Navy where he played in its jazz ban. Upon discharge, he returned to Chicago where he played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane.
3 Son of a policeman whose beat included Grand Terrace Ballroom in Chicago where Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Earl Hines played. By 12 years old, he was played professionally in Chicago nightclubs. He graduated from DuSable High School, known for it's jazz program and alumni including Nat King Cole and Dinah Washington.
4 He was awarded the National Endowmen for the Arts Jazz Master in 2011.
5 His only taste of major-label success came in 1982, when Columbia Records released the album "Fathers and Sons," featuring Ellis Marsalis with sons Wynton Marsalis and Branford Marsalis on side A and Von and son Chico on side B.
6 In 1940, Freeman played with Horace Henderson's Chicago band before being drafted during World War II. He was soon performing with a Navy jazz band.
7 At Chicago's DuSable High School, Freeman studied under the venerated band director known as Captain Walter Dyett, who was training a new wave of jazz talent that included Nat 'King' Cole and Dinah Washington.
8 By age 12, Freeman was playing professionally.
9 After 7-year-old Von pulled the arm off the family Victrola, bored holes in it and turned it into a crude horn, his father bought him a saxophone.
10 His mother played the guitar, and his policeman father was an amateur jazz trombonist who brought jazz musicians home from the club where he moonlighted as a bouncer.
11 Father of jazz saxophonist Chico Freeman.
12 Hard bop tenor saxophonist.
13 In 1972, Freeman cut his first record as band-leader, "Doin' It Right Now.".


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If I'm Not Home 2010 Documentary

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#Quote
1 A lot of people who didn't pay a lot of attention to me or to my music started coming around when I was heading to my 80th birthday. Now, they were saying. Well, Vonski, you're all right after all.
2 [on his father's reaction to his music] He picked me up, just kind of shook me, then hardly spoke to me for about a year.
3 Don't tune up too much, baby. You'll lose your soul.
4 I'm not trying to brag or nothing but I always knew I could play, 50, 60 years ago. I really don't play any different than the way I played then. And I never let it worry me that I didn't get anywhere fame wise, or I didn't make hit records.


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