Chico Freeman’s First New York Appearance In More Than a Decade, May 19

Saxophonist Chico Freeman returns to the U.S. this month after living and working in Europe for the last decade. He will be performing a special two set performance at New York’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.


Freeman will be playing with the Chico Freeman Plus+tet, featuring pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Nasheet Waits and exotic percussionist Reto Weber. Both sets will be live streamed here:


In addition, on May 13, his new album Spoken into Existence was released on the Viennese label Jive Music. On the album, Freeman is joined by an international quartet, which he has worked regularly with since 2013, and is composed by Italian pianist Antonio Faraò, Swiss bassist Heiri Känzig and American drummer Michael Baker.


Spoken Into Existence consists of mostly originals, spanning an array of styles ranging from hip-hop to bebop.  It also features compelling arrangements of Miles Davis’ “Seven Steps to Heaven,” and Stanley Turrentine’s “Soft Pedal Blues.” Regarding his selection of material for the new album, Freeman said, “The standards I choose to play are ones that touch me, and they’re usually written by jazz musicians with some exceptions. Most of my work is about presenting original material.”


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