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Evocative and Innovative Saxophonist Chico Freeman Marks His First New York Appearance In More Than a Decade May 19 at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
(Published: May 11, 2016)

Heralded as one of the most important saxophonists of our time, Chico Freeman makes his long-awaited return to the United States in May, which includes a special two set performance at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola on May 19 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm with the Chico Freeman Plus+tet: Luke Carlos O'Reilly on piano; Kenny Davis on bass; Nasheet Waits on drums, and exotic percussionist Reto Weber. Both sets will be Live Streamed.

In the early 2000s, with dozens of recordings as a leader, Chico Freeman moved from New York to Europe to start a new chapter of exploration by focusing on his own self-improvement and self-reflection. His thirst to immerse himself in his music, his curiosity to explore working with different musicians and living in different cultures while challenging himself to be better than he was, has all prepared him for this new stateside chapter of his life.

Further cause for celebration is the domestic release of Chico's stunning and compelling album Spoken Into Existence on Jive Music. The record is the #1 Most Added Record on JazzWeek and College Music Journal Jazz Radio charts (May 1, 2016).

About Chico Freeman:
Freeman has a history of collaborating with such diverse talents as--to name a short list--Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Hutcherson, John Hicks, Muhal Richard Abrams, Arthur Blythe, Kenny Barron, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Branford Marsalis, Billy Hart and Hilton Ruiz. Freeman's discography of more than 30 albums as a leader, also includes seven sessions with the Freeman-organized all-star collectives the Leaders and Roots, six co-led dates with his father Von Freeman and featured sideman appearances in bands led by iconic figures like McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Sam Rivers, Don Pullen, and Elvin Jones.

Freeman internalized the ethos of presenting original materials as an active member of Chicago's Association For The Advancement of Creative Musicians, which he joined soon after deciding to switch his major at Northwestern University from mathematics to music. Between 1969 and 1975, he played frequently with AACM members Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Steve McCall, Fred Anderson and Phil Cohran, and in various local blues, funk, fusion and R&B bands, including the horn section of Earth, Wind and Fire. While he was dubbed a "young lion" three decades ago for his participation on the 1982 recording with other stars-to-be Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Paquito D'Rivera, Bobby McFerrin and Anthony Davis, Freeman now merits being called a "master on his instrument."

Chico Freeman Plus+tet Tour Dates

May 14, 2016
South Jersey Jazz Festival
CAPEBANK Jazz @ The Point
Sandi Point, NJ

May 19, 2016
Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
New York, NY

May 20-21, 2016
The Green Mill
Chicago, IL

July 9
Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux, Switzerland


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