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Mike Freeman

Instrument: Vibraphone | Location: New York City

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

Updated: August 26, 2018

Born: August 25

Musician - composer - band leader - recording artist - arranger - educator - producer

“masterful”, a “superb” vibes player, “wildly talented”

Vibraphonist and composer, Mike Freeman, has been entrenched in the New York jazz and Latin music scene for over three decades. With spirited soulful swing, his performances have taken him from North America and Europe to the Azores, Caribbean, and South America. His seven recordings of original music (ranging from jazz, Latinjazz, salsa, Brazilian, fusion, and R&B) have gained national and international attention and received extensive radio airplay charting on jazz, contemporary jazz, and World Music radio. “Blue Tjade”, a tip of the hat to Cal Tjader, is followed by the latest in a line of clave infused recordings Mike has produced, “Venetian Blinds”. This latest release featuring music for El Rey (The King) Tito Puente and NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson.

Past performance highlights for Mike as a leader include 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, Iowa; Joslyn Art Museum’s Jazz on the Green in Omaha, NE; the Berks, Rehoboth Beach, Hennessy Greenwich Village, and JVC Newport (at Saratoga) jazz festivals; International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Convention, as well as 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

”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



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



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