After Dark


Jan 10 2020


2 Shows Available
9:30 pm - 1:00 am



After Dark A Von Freeman Tribute Weekend

Showtimes:  9:30pm-11pm & 11:30pm-1am

Jazz icon Von Freeman held forth from the stage of Andy’s Jazz Club every month for decades. After Dark A Tribute To Von Freeman 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.

Saxophones-Geof Bradfield-Rajiv Halim-Scott Burns, Guitar-Michael Allemana, Bass-Dennis Carroll, Drums-Dana Hall

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 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.

Hourly Schedule

Nightly Showtimes (2 Shows)

9:30pm - 11:00pm
After Dark A Von Freeman Tribute
First Show
11:30pm - 1:00am
After Dark A Von Freeman Tribute
Second Show