Thursday, October 12, 2017

USA: Chico Freeman at the Side Door, Scullers and Village Vanguard

Saxophonist Chico Freeman
Oct 13 - Side Door Jazz, Old Lyme, CT

Oct 14 - Scullers, Boston, CT 

Oct 17-22 - Chico Freeman Plus+tet 
Village Vanguard Oct 17-22 
Including A Special Tribute To Arthur Blythe

Chico Freeman Plus+tet
Chico Freeman - tenor saxophone
Anthony Wonsey - piano
Kenny Davis - bass
Rudy Royston - drums
It's been quite a few years since Chico has played in Boston, so it's especially exciting the Chico Freeman Plus+tet will be performing on Saturday Oct 14 at Scullers Jazz Club. "Boston has always been a great jazz town for me so I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones," says Chico. WGBH has chosen the Chico Freeman Plus+tet to be part of GBH's 24/7 recorded live series, hosted by Eric Jackson. Chico will also be interviewed by Eric Jackson to air in the next few weeks on WGBH.

Chico Freeman Plus+tet
Chico Freeman - tenor saxophone
Anthony Wonsey - piano
Kenny Davis - bass
Rudy Royston - drums

Chico Freeman Plus+tet
Chico Freeman - saxophones
Billy Hart - drums (Tues-Thurs)
Terri Lyne Carrington - drums (Fri-Sun)
Anthony Wonsey - piano
Kenny Davis - bass
Tribute to Arthur Blythe - Thurs & Fri Only w/ Chico playing Arthur Blythe's alto saxophone and 
Gust Tsilis - vibes 

"Any musician who has headlined the Village Vanguard will attest there is no other venue like it in the world, says Freeman. "I certainly have always felt that way, and while it's been a very long time since I played there, (I think the last time was with my father Von Freeman), I'm feel like I'm truly coming home Tuesday, Oct 17 through Sunday, Oct 22, 2017." Tuesday through Thurssay, the Chico Freeman Plus+tet will include Anthony WonseyKenny Davis and Billy Hart on drums. Friday through SundayTerri Lyne Carrington will be taking over the drum chair. 

On Thursday, Oct 19 and Friday, Oct 20 ONLY, the evenings will be dedicated to the late 
Arthur Blythe who died in March 2017. Blythe and Freeman recorded and performed dozens of times including the groups Freeman formed: The Leaders as well as Roots.
Chico will be playing Arthur's alto saxophone and for those two nights, Gust Tsilis (who was a long-time friend and musical partner of Blythe) will join the Plus+tet on vibes. 

"Even though I've been back from Europe and living in New York for more than a year, playing the Village Vanguard truly feels like my homecoming. I hope you'll join us and we'll raise a toast together; to the music, to each other and to the Village Vanguard..." Chico. 
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