The great Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman died of heart failure on August 11 at the age of 88. Along with Johnny Griffin, Gene Ammons and Clifford Jordan, Freeman was counted among the founders of the “Chicago school” of jazz tenorists. Last year, after spending much of his life unknown beyond the confines of the city where he was born, raised and died, he was named a National Endowment for the Arts jazz master.
Margalit Fox penned a lovely and telling obituary for Freeman that appeared in the The New York Times. If you’d like to read it, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/arts/music/von-freeman-fiery-tenor-saxophonist-dies-at-88.html?hpw. If you happen to be in Chicago on August 28, the Freeman family invites you to “A Celebration of Von Freeman.” The event will be held at 6 p.m. at Christ Universal Temple, 11901 S. Ashland Avenue.
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