George Freeman’s 88th birthday with Bernard Purdie!!

George and I will be back at it again this year to celebrate his birthday with drumming legend Bernard Purdie.  Don’t miss it.

Bernard is on the cover of Modern Drummer this month!!

George Freeman Quartet with Bernard Purdie live at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway

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Friday April 10, 9pm-1am

Saturday April 11, 8pm-12am

George Freeman–guitar

Bernard Purdie–drums

Mike Allemana–guitar

Pete Benson–organ



Thursdays with Tammy McCann starting January 8 at Drew’s Drawing Room!!

A new steady begins next week with one of Chicago’s great jazz singers, Tammy McCann, at Drew’s Drawing Room (formerly Jack’s on Halsted) at 3201 N. Halsted from 8pm-11:00pm.  I am really excited to be working with Tammy.  She hung out a lot with Von Freeman and was close with one of my mentors, pianist/organist Jon Logan, who was Von’s pianist at the New Apartment Lounge for many years. (Check out her new CD with pianist Laurence Hobgood.) We’ll be swinging on Thursdays in January and February, so come on out!!

Hawthorne Fundraiser with the Thornes, November 20th at Schuba’s.

One of the coolest things about Gabriela’s school, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, is how the parents really care about the school and their kids’ education.  One way the parents come together is with the Thornes, a band of Hawthorne dads.  I’ll be performing at Schuba’s on Thursday November 20th with the Thornes. We’ll be doing some rock and blues hits and a couple jazz tunes.

Come on out–it’s only $15 and all the proceeds go to Hawthorne. 7:30pm start

The Thornes

Jeff Moster Guitar and vocals
Bob Barnett Keyboard
Steve Schneck Horns
Louie Kritikos Guitar
Craig Sieben Harp
Tory Lopez Bass
Peter Birnbaum Drums

Special guest singers:
James Earl Jones II
Becca Walls
Scott Kemper

October 3rd, 2014: Happy 91st, Von Freeman.

Today is Von Freeman’s 91st birthday.  Missing him more than ever.  Lately I’ve been missing his rock solid advice; whenever I felt lost he always got me back on the path.  With all the interesting courses and the dynamic academic scene at University of Chicago, I’ve been feeling a touch lost; his wisdom would be perfect right now.

Here is one of my favorite solos from my years at the Apartment Lounge:

Here’s a photo of us recording “The Improvisor”:


Come Sunday to tour Colombia!!!

Sue, Bill, Lindsay, Alton, Al, Lenny and I could not be more excited: from September 10 to September 24 we will be on tour in Colombia, visiting Cartagena, Baranquilla, the islands of San Andres and Providencia, Bogotá, and Bacaramanga.  We have put together some new material that will be performed at universities, colombos (American schools), and festivals.  Come Sunday would like to thank the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Old Town School of Folk Music for their generous support.

See the tour schedule for more details…..


Highlights from the 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

The 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival was a big success. George and I had a blast performing, the Yestet killed it, and the other bands were smokin’.  Howard Reich had some nice things to say about some of the groups and about George and I.

Here are some highlights:

1. The set with George Freeman 4tet

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2.  Bobby Broom showing us how it’s done.


3.  Hanging out with one of my favorite guitarists


4.  Gabriela met Cecile McLorin Salvant.  Cecile is now Gabi’s favorite vocalist. Gabi was completely blown away by Cecile and was even more moved to meet her.


5.  Gabriela and Esme Bradfield dancing to “Space is the Place.”


Chicago Jazz Festival week, August 25-August 31

The 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival is going to be great one this year.  (Click here for the full lineup.)  This year’s festival includes some events celebrating the 100th year of Sun Ra, including a Sun Ra panel at Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University at 5:30pm, Thursday August 28, and the Arkestra closing out the festival on August 31.

I’ll be performing at the following events:

1. Wednesday, August 27 at Constellation, 3111 N. Western, reunited with the New Apartment Lounge Trio, Michael Raynor, and Matt Ferguson. 6pm start.

2. Thursday, August 28 for WDCB’s Jazz at the Bistro at Marion Street Cheese Market, 100 S. Marion St. in Oak Park, with special guest guitarist from São Paulo, Caio Afiune. 7pm-10pm.

3. Friday, August 29, with George Freeman, Mike Schlick, and Pete Benson at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for the Chicago Jazz Festival, 5pm.

4. Sunday, August 31, with Joel Adams’s Yestet at the Von Freeman Pavilion, 3:30pm.


The Yestet, live at Constellation, Friday July 11, 9:30pm


I will be performing with Joel Adams’s Yestet this Friday, July 11 at Constellation, 3111 N. Western.  Awesome band and great music by Joel. 9:30pm start.


John Wojciechowski – alto
Chris Madsen – tenor
Geof Bradfield – tenor
Marques Carroll – trumpet
Justin Copeland – trumpet
Tom Garling – trombone
Joel Adams – trombone
Mike Allemana – guitar
Stu Mindeman – piano
Clark Sommers – bass
Xavier Breaker – drums
Rob Dz – spoken word
Cherise Thomas – vocals