Musician - composer - band leader - recording artist - arranger - educator - producer
Vibraphonist and composer Mike Freeman has been a part of the New York jazz and Latin music scene for over three decades. Dan McClaneghan of Allaboutjazz described him as “masterful” and ranked among other top names of the instrument. With spirited soulful swing, Freeman’s performances have taken him from North America and Europe to the Azores, Caribbean, and South America. His recordings of original music have gained national and international attention with extensive radio airplay charting on jazz, contemporary jazz, and World Music radio. “Blue Tjade,” a tip of the hat to Cal Tjader, followed by “Venetian Blinds,” with music for El Rey Tito Puente and NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson, are the latest in a line of clave-infused recordings Mike has produced.
A 2019 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant recipient Mike produced the two concert series “Latin Music In Hell’s Kitchen, A History” with guest legends Ray Mantilla and Jose Mangual Jr. performing at the Times Center. He’s also produced two Band Together benefit concerts. One for musicians affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria with proceeds going to the Jazz Foundation of America and the other after Hurricane Katrina, benefitting the Tipitinas Foundation and New Orleans–area musicians.
Performance highlights for Freeman as a leader include the Fox Jazz Festival and Riverfront Jazz Festival in WI; the Trinidad & Tobago Steelpan & Jazz Festival; Festival Internacional, Terciera, Azores; Central Park’s Harlem Meer concert series in New York City; performing for Flood Relief in Des Moines, IA; Jazz on the Green in Omaha, NE; the Berks, Rehoboth Beach, Hennessy Greenwich Village, and JVC Newport (at Saratoga) jazz festivals; the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) convention, and an extensive tour of Portugal, cosponsored by the Fulbright Foundation and the American Embassy (USIA), where he received the Medal of the City of Guarda.