Mike Freeman

Instrument: Vibraphone | Location: New York City

"Latin jazz doesn't get any better than this"
—Allaboutjazz August 9th, 2016 –Mark Sullivan

Updated: December 28, 2018

Born: August 25

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 seven 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.

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.

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”Latin jazz doesn't get any better than this” –Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz

”frost-fresh…with off-beat rhythms driven hard” Latinjazznet September 27, 2018 –Raul da Gama

”Swinging sounds that are reminiscent of vintage Cal Tjader sessions…irresistible grooves. Oye!” Jazz Weekly November 1, 2018 –George Harris

”…Freeman is wildly talented on the vibraphone” –Mike Greenblatt, Classicalite

”brilliantly played…” “The music cooks; it burns; it swings…” – Steven A. Cerra, JazzProfiles

”Freeman brings the Latin jazz vibe tradition front and center..

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Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


35 Years of private teaching, clinic/workshop and camp experience.

Clinic/Workshop Information

The Vibraphone in Latinjazz and Salsa.


Stan Getz Stan Getz
saxophone, tenor
Cal Tjader Cal Tjader
Anita O'Day Anita O'Day
Dave Samuels Dave Samuels



Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services

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