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Mike Freeman

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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Latinjazznet 4-3-16 “enormously impressive” –Raul da Gama

Classicalite 1-27-16 “…Freeman is wildly talented on the vibraphone” –Mike Greenblatt

JazzProfiles 3-2-16 ”brilliantly played…” “The music cooks; it burns; it swings…” – Steven A. Cerra

Musical Memoirs 3-12-16 ”Freeman brings the Latin jazz vibe tradition front and center, parking it vividly and beautifully in our faces.” –Dee Dee McNeil

Midwest Record 1-16-16 ”Killer stuff that really resonates” –Chris Spector

“..an intoxicating Latin Jazz gem” 
 —Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner

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New York, NY

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students


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

Clinic/Workshop Information

The Vibraphone in Latinjazz and Salsa.

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

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