Saturday, January 22nd

by musicclipoftheday

voices I miss

Von Freeman (1923-2012, MCOTD Hall of Fame), tenor saxophone

“Oleo” (S. Rollins) with Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone), Willie Pickens (piano), Dan Shapera (bass), Robert Shy (drums), Chicago (Chicago Jazz Festival), 1988


With John Young (1922-2008, piano), et al., live (radio broadcast), late 1970s


“A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” (E. Maschwitz & M. Sherwin) with Jodie Christian (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), live, Harrisburg, Penn., 1994


“I Can’t Get Started” (V. Duke, I. Gershwin), live, Belgium, 1992


“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” (R. Rodgers, L. Hart) with Mike Allemena (guitar), Matt Ferguson (bass), Michael Raynor (drums), live, Chicago (Mandel Hall, University of Chicago), 2011



my back pages

On a cold, snowy night forty-five years ago, at a church thirty miles north of Chicago, my wife, Suzanne, and I were married. Von Freeman and pianist John Young (1922-2008) provided the music, playing before the ceremony, during (as Suzanne walked down the aisle), and after. All of what they played that night (“Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” “My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father”) can be heard here (0:15-).


random sights

yesterday, Chicago