Freeman family reunites for album and series of Chicago shows
Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Sonny Stitt...it’s a rare thing today to come across someone who played with those stalwarts of jazz — but we have such a person here in the Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio with us. At 88 years old, Chicago jazzman George Freeman is still laying down some great licks on his guitar. He’s got a new release that includes another member of the Freeman family — his nephew Chico, son of the late tenor-great Von Freeman. Chico himself has an equally impressive list of names he’s collaborated with: Dizzy, McCoy Tyner and Charles Mingus to name a few. Their record is called "All In the Family" and they’re here to play some tunes before they play shows all weekend at the Jazz Showcase, including a CD release show tomorrow.