Freeman's veteran cohorts—drummer Michael Raynor, guitarist Mike Allemana, and bassist Matt Ferguson—will be joined by pianist Willie Pickens for two sets beginning at 8 PM. The concert will feature "Von's View of the Blues," a medley of Freeman originals arranged by Allemana when the saxophonist was honored last summer at Pritzker Pavilion as part of the Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series (Freeman's poor health prevented him from participating). An impressive array of guest soloists will join in as well, including guitarist George Freeman (Von's brother), trumpeter Art Hoyle, saxophonists Ari Brown and Christopher McBride, and tuba player Dan Anderson. Other players will almost certainly stop by too, instruments in hand. All proceeds from the door will go to the Freeman family.
Below you can check out a recently unearthed video of Von performing at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 1988 with fellow Chicago tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan.
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