|Tags:||jazz saxophone dixieland dixieland jazz bud freeman|
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Lawrence Freeman, 3 April 1906, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 15 March 1991, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Freemans early career found him in company with Jimmy McPartland, Frank Teschemacher and other members of the Austin High School Gang. Having set out playing the C-melody saxophone, Freeman switched to tenor in 1925 and quickly established a reputation on that instrument as one of the few genuine rivals to Coleman Hawkins. Through the late 20s and early 30s he worked in numerous bands, recording extensively and consolidating his reputation. He gravitated into big bands, playing with Joe Haymes, Ray Noble, Paul Whiteman, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and others, but he preferred a different kind of jazz and in 1939 formed his own Summa Cum Laude Orchestra which delighted audiences in New York during its brief life. From 1940 Freeman played in various bands, led his own short-lived big band, and by the middle of the decade had settled into leading a small group at...