George Freeman

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": funk jazz soul jazz chicago Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

10 April 1927, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Based in Chicago throughout his career, guitarist Freeman has a much lower profile than other family members. During the late 40s, he played in the house band at Chicago’s Pershing Hotel alongside his brothers, drummer Eldridge ‘Bruz’ Freeman, and saxophonist Von Freeman. There, he accompanied visiting jazzmen such as Lester Young and Charlie Parker, appearing with the latter on the rare, and poorly recorded, One Night In Chicago. In 1950, together with his brothers and Ahmad Jamal he formed a quartet, Jamal later being replaced by Andrew Hill. Thereafter, Freeman’s profile was low and, perhaps from choice, he played only occasionally in Chicago clubs and from time to time made records. Among leaders with whom he recorded are Gene ‘Jug’ Ammons and Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes. In the late 70s Freeman recorded with Johnny Griffin, playing on the outstanding 1978 session that produced Bush...

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