Mike Freeman

Instrument: Vibraphone

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
Primary Instrument

Vibraphone

Location

New York, NY

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

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

Clinic/Workshop Information

The Vibraphone in Latinjazz and Salsa.

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