Saxophonist Chico Freeman started his jazz life as a kid on the front porch of his Chicago home, peering in the open window as his father Von, and his guitarist uncle George held jam sessions that started by day and lit up the night.
Chico would go on to tour with McCoy Tyner, Sam Rivers, Dizzy Gillespie and Bobby Hutcherson — and work with blues giants Buddy Guy and Memphis Slim. It’s all there, which is the reason so many listeners readily go where Chico steers the ship; it’s guaranteed to be an engaging musical journey.
The Chico Freeman Quartet will be at the Village Vanguard, in a notable engagement, next Tuesday through Sunday. The band features pianist Anthony Wonsey, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Rudy Royston, all of whom were on board when Chico paid this visit to Morning Jazz.