Born: August 25
Musician - composer - band leader - recording artist - arranger - educator - producer
Mike Freeman has been hailed as masterful”, a superb vibes player, and “wildly talented” for work with his own groups and performances as a featured member of other notable groups. Energetic, rhythmic, soulful, and melodic, Mike’s performances have taken him from North America and Europe, to the Azores, Caribbean, and South America. His six recordings of original music (ranging from jazz, Latinjazz, salsa, Brazilian, fusion, and R&B) have gained national and international attention, have been both Grammy and Latin Grammy entries, and received extensive radio airplay charting on jazz, contemporary jazz, and world music radio. Mike Freeman & Spellbound's 1985 self-titled debut recording was followed by the drive-time success of “Street Shuffle.” “Wiggle Stomp reflects a deeper immersion into the Latin music scene that, for him, began in the mid-1990s. On “In the Zone,” Mike brings salsa forms into a jazz context. The Vibesman 2012, takes that exploration further with a set of music that captured the attention of many. His newest production “Blue Tjade” (a tip of the hat to Cal Tjader) blends some of his early Spellbound writing styles into clave-based music.
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Latin jazz doesn't get any better than this –Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz
enormously impressive –Raul da Gama, Latinjazznet
…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, parking it vividly and
beautifully in our faces. –Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs
Killer stuff that really resonates –Chris Spector, Midwest Record
“..an intoxicating Latin Jazz gem”
—Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner
New York, NY
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
35 Years of private teaching, clinic/workshop and camp experience.
The Vibraphone in Latinjazz and Salsa.