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Saturday, April 30th

voices I miss

Von Freeman (1923-2012, tenor saxophone) with George Freeman (1927-, guitar), et al., “Oh, Lady Be Good!” (George and Ira Gershwin, 1924), live, Chicago, 1980s

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 22nd

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

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

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

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

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“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

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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-).

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yesterday, Chicago

Friday, January 22nd

sounds of Chicago

“Impressions” (J. Coltrane), Isaiah Collier (tenor saxophone), Ernest Dawkins (alto saxophone), James Carter (tenor saxophone), Greg Murphy (piano), Junius Paul (bass), Jeremiah Collier (drums), live, Chicago (Englewood Jazz Festival), 2019

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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

Saturday, November 16th

sounds of Chicago

Andrew Hill Combo (AH [1931-2007], piano; Von Freeman [1923-2012], tenor saxophone, MCOTD Hall of Fame; Laurdine “Pat” Patrick [1929-1991], baritone saxophone; Malachi Favors [1927-2004], bass; Wilbur Campbell [1926-1999], drums), “Down Pat” (L. Patrick), 1956

 

If political races were decided by musical pedigree, the new entrant in the Democratic presidential field would be unbeatable.

Laurdine Kenneth “Pat” Patrick Jr. (November 23, 1929 – December 31, 1991) was an American jazz musician and composer. . . . known for his 40-year association with Sun Ra. His son, Deval Patrick, was governor of Massachusetts.

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, January 22nd

voices I miss

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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“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

 

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On this night forty-two years ago, at a church thirty miles north of Chicago, my wife, Suzanne, and I were married. Outside the church it was cold and snowy. Inside Von Freeman was playing, along with pianist John Young. All of what they played that night, before, during, and after the ceremony, can be heard here (0:15-) (“Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More” [before]; “In a Sentimental Mood” [when Suzanne walked down the aisle]; “My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father” [after]) .

Wednesday, November 14th

voices I miss

No matter what kind of day you’re having, this will make it better.

Von Freeman (1923-2012, tenor saxophone, MCOTD Hall of Fame), with John Young (1922-2008, piano), et al., live (radio broadcast), late 1970s

 

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yesterday, Oak Park

Tuesday, January 23rd

more

No one plays ballads more tenderly—or tartly.

Von Freeman (MCOTD Hall of Fame, 1923-2012), “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” (E. Maschwitz & M. Sherwin) with Jodie Christian (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), live, Harrisburg, Penn., 1994

 

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

 

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“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

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 22nd

voices I miss

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

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

 

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“Take the ‘A’ Train” (B. Strayhorn) with Joanie Pallatto (vocals), Bettye Reynolds (vocals), Fred Anderson (tenor saxophone), Billy Brimfield (trumpet), John Young (piano), George Freeman (guitar), Larry Gray (bass), Michael Adams (drums), live, Chicago, 1999

 

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my back pages

On a cold, snowy night forty-one years ago, at a church thirty miles north of Chicago, Von Freeman and John Young played at our—Suzanne’s and my—wedding. All of what they played that night—”Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More” (before); “In a Sentimental Mood” (as Suzanne walked down the aisle); “My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father” (after)—can be heard here (0:15-). Years later, John told me: “When I marry ’em, they stay married.”

Sunday, January 22nd

back to church

Post-inaugural blues?

Try this.

First Church of Deliverance Choir, “Afterwhile It’ll All Be Over,” live, Chicago


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other day, New York (High Line)

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On a cold, snowy night forty years ago, at a church outside Chicago, my wife, Suzanne, and I were married. Tenor saxophonist Von Freeman (MCOTD Hall of Fame) and pianist John Young, both now gone, performed at the ceremony. All of what they played that night—”Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More” (before); “In a Sentimental Mood” (unaccompanied saxophone, as the bride walked down the aisle); “My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father” (after)—can be heard here (0:15-).

Thursday, October 13th

voices I miss

Tenor saxophonist Von Freeman (1923-2012, MCOTD Hall of Fame), “Footprints” (W. Shorter), live, Minneapolis, 1996 (Live at the Dakota);* Dead of Summer (Jean Seberg), 1970


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reading table

Autumn weighs upon me
but tomorrow will come
and I will miss tonight

—Yosa Buson (1716-1783), translated from Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento

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*With Bobby Peterson, piano; Terry Burns, bass; Phil Hey, drums.

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