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George and Chico Freeman: Family Business

Father and son uphold more than one jazz legacy

Chico Freeman in Chicago
George Freeman in Chicago
George (l.) and Chico Freeman

Jazz has its share of royal families, including Heath brothers Percy, Jimmy and Tootie, from Philadelphia; Hank, Thad and Elvin Jones, from the Detroit area; New Orleans’ Marsalis and Batiste clans; Wes, Buddy and Monk Montgomery, from Indiana; and the Tampa-born Adderleys, Cannonball and Nat. In Chicago, a royal jazz bloodline runs through several generations of the Freemans.

That lineage goes way back to George Freeman, father to guitarist George, Windy City tenor titan Von and drummer Eldridge “Bruz,” and grandfather to Chico, also an acclaimed saxophonist, based in Switzerland in recent years.

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