||Jazz icon Von Freeman held forth from the stage of Andy’s Jazz Club every month for decades. After Dark brings together three of the top saxophonists on the Chicago scene today to celebrate Vonski’s legacy and the jazz artists he loved most: Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker. Vonski’s longtime guitarist Michael Allemana leads the all-star rhythm section.
Von "Vonski" Freeman was an American hard bop jazz tenor saxophonist who began playing with his brothers George Freeman on guitar and Eldridge "Bruz" Freeman on drums at the Pershing Hotel Ballroom. Various leading jazzmen such as Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie played there with the Freemans as the backing band. In the early 1950s, Von played in Sun Ra's band. Freeman was considered a founder of the "Chicago School" of jazz tenorists. His music has been described as "wonderfully swinging and dramatic" featuring a "large rich sound". "Vonski", as he was known by his jazz fans, was selected to receive the nation's highest jazz honor, the NEA Jazz Masters award.
One of Freeman's major contributions was his mentoring of countless younger musicians as well as his steadfast support of what he liked to call "hardcore jazz". Freeman's quartet played Monday nights at The Enterprise Lounge, Tuesdays at The New Apartment Lounge and every second Saturday of the month at Andy's Jazz Club with his longtime trio of sidemen composed of drummer Michael Raynor, guitarist Mike Allemana and bassist Matt Ferguson. The quartet was a vehicle that showcased Freeman's range from sensitively unwound ballads to intense improvisations that utilized his sometimes rough timbre and indefinite pitch to create a unique avant garde style of his own.
Showtimes: 9:30pm-11pm & 11:30pm-1am