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Evocative and Innovative Saxophonist Chico Freeman Tours the West Coast for the First Time In More Than a Decade
(Published: August 05, 2016)

Chico Freeman Plus+tet
"Spoken Into Existence" Tour
August 11 - 19

Heralded as one of the most important saxophonists of our time, Chico Freeman made his long-awaited return to the United States in May 2016 with sold out engagements at Dizzy Club Coca Cola in New York. Starting on August 11, 2016, Chico Freeman makes his homecoming on the West Coast with the Chico Freeman Plus+tet with pianist Luke Carlos O'Reilly, bassist Kenny Davis, and drummer Michael Baker.

August 11 - 7pm
Kuumbwa Jazz
320-2 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

August 12 - 7:30 and 9:30pm
Jimmy Mak's
221 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

August 13 - 7pm
San Jose Jazz Fest
California Theatre
KCSM Radio Performance @ the Pagoda - 3:30pm *
*For VIPs and Priority ticket holders and for future broadcast

August 14 - 9pm
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607

August 16 - 7:30pm
Triple Door
216 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206 838-4333
KPLU-FM - 2:00pm - Live Broadcast

August 19 - 7:30pm
Sequoia Room
444 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

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 has remained in the top 20 on the JazzWeek Music Charts for more than 13 weeks.

This month's JazzCorner.com award-winning podcast focuses on Chico's move back to the States with conversation and music produced by Reese Erlich. You can also download it on iTunes at no charge.

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."

More Information: http://www.chicofreeman.com

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