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:
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.
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 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
If you missed our hit last April at the Green Mill, come on out Sunday, June 29th at the Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted, to catch Bernard Purdie with George Freeman, Pete Benson, and me, 8pm start. There will also be a 5pm drum workshop with Bernard. Get tickets here.
This was one of the greatest weekends of my career. George killed it, Bernard grooved harder than I have ever experienced, and Pete was right there with him. Thanks to Dave Jemilo for helping us make this happen.