George Freeman Tells Us How to Lead a Life in Jazz


The Freemans of Bronzeville have been called Chicago’s first family of music – and though tenor saxophonist Von Freeman died in 2012 his son Chico plays on, and Von’s younger brother plays on, too.

Chicago Tonight met the guitarist George Freeman the day before his 91st birthday. (He just turned 92!) He gave a history lesson on how to lead a life in jazz. We take another look.

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His new recording is called “George the Bomb!” There is a listening party Friday and Freeman will be on hand for a meet and greet. The event takes place 6-9 p.m. Friday at Lange’s Lounge, 3500 N. Southport Ave.

Note: This story first aired on Chicago Tonight on April 11, 2018.


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