Bruce
(photo by Brian Nation, 2006)

Bruce Freedman
Tenor, Alto, Soprano Saxophones
Composition


Upcoming: Jazz at Presentation House
The Spiritual Unity Quartet
with Bruce Freedman, sax, Bill Clark, trumpet, Joel Lower, drums, James Megar, bass
April 10, Wednesday, 8 pm
Jazz at Presentation House Studio
333 Chesterfield Avenue (3rd St. one block west of Lonsdale) North
Vancouver. The studio is in the old church at west end of parking lot.
Wednesdays at 8:00pm.
Admission $10 at the door. Free tea and cookies.

Jazz at Presentation House Studio is an artist-run weekly series embracing
the full spectrum of jazz and improvised music from trad to post-bop, free
improv to world music fusions. Presentation House Studio is an historic
former church with excellent acoustics where the audience can be up close
and personal with the musicians. It is easily accessible by public transit
and is located just a few blocks from Lonsdale Quay. Lots of free parking.
Come and join us for great music and a relaxed weeknight hangout.

Saxophonist, Composer, Bruce Freedman has played an active role in the creative jazz scene in Vancouver, since 1973. He is one of the strongest improvisers on the Vancouver scene. Influenced by John Coltrane, Jimmy Lyons, and that era, his music is always intense, fresh, and from the heart. He has performed in Europe, the USA and in festivals across Canada including annual engagements at the DuMaurier Jazz Festival, and in wide variety of situations. As well as working as leader of his own groups, 'Chief Feature' and 'The Bruce Freedman Quartet', collaborations have included performances and recordings with Claude Ranger, Paul Plimley, Francouis Houle, and Hugh Fraser. Bruce has been a long term member of the NOW ORCHESTRA which has done a variety of collaborations, including concerts and CD recordings with Barry Guy, Rene Lussier, Butch Morris, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis and Marilyn Crispell. There have been several tours with NOW and George Lewis, both across Canada and internationally, at the Chicago Jazz Festival (featuring guest artists Roscoe Mitchell and Fred Anderson), the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Bim Haus in Amsterdam, and engagements in Austria. In 2004 they performed in Portugal.

Bruce is also currently writing for and performing with The Bruce Freedman African Groove Band.  He is also active with a variety of free improv performances with various Vancouver players. The Bruce Freedman African Groove Band strikes a balance between traditional African rhythm and free improvisation. An assemblage of veteran Vancouver improvisers, the band features an unusual instrumentation including 2 upright basses, African percussion and an accordion.

Enjoy this foray into a groove-oriented vision of Freedman's open approach to group improvising.




RETROSPECTIVE DOWNLOADS

(Note: Songs are saved as 128-bit MP3s. For best results, download these music files onto your hard drive: right-click on the links (Command-click on Mac) and choose Save Target As).
1. Pass the buck, please
  'Chief Feature' (1985)
  BF- Alto sax
  Paul Plimley -Vibes
  Paul Blaney-Bass
  Blaine Wikjord-Drums
(4 min 41 secs- 4.4 MB)

2. Clear the Way
   ' Chief Feature' (1992)
    BF-Tenor sax
    Paul Plimley-piano
    Clyde Reed-bass
    Claude Ranger-drums
(10 min 55 sec- 10.2 MB)

3. Tibetan Tears of Joy and Sadness
     'Chief Feature' (1990)
     BF-Tenor sax
     Bill Clarke trumpet
     Clyde Reed-bass
     Claude Ranger-drums
(10 min 52 sec- 14.9 MB)

4. Facing East
    'Bruce Freedman Quartet' (1995)
    BF-Soprano sax
    Dan Graham-Piano
    Andre Lachance-Bass
    Dylan van der Schyff-Drums
(10 min 0 sec- 9.4 MB)

5.  Oasis
    'Bruce Freedman Trio' (2001)
    BF-Soprano sax
    Clyde Reed-Bass
    Dylan van der Schyff-Drums
(5 min 44 sec- 5.4 MB)

6.  The Demon Preaches Back
    'Bruce Freedman Trio' (2001)
    BF-Soprano sax
    Clyde Reed-Bass
    Dylan van der Schyff-Drums
(7 min 42 sec- 7.2 MB)

7.  The Loop
     'Bruce Freedman Trio (2004)
     BF- Alto sax
     Clyde Reed- Bass
     Stan Taylor- Drums
(3 min 35 sec- 3.4 MB)
Growing Music in the Garden Enormous Moments
vocals by Ruby Freedman (May 2007)
Milarepa
vocals by Ruby Freedman (May 2006)
EDUCATION
Private study in Los Angeles with Sidney F. Myers; private study with Don Raffel (first call studio musician in L.A.); studied theory at Los Angeles Valley College; intensive study/practice with Lincoln Goines , workshops with Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh, George Lewis, Barry Guy, Muhal Richard Abrams and Stan Karp in Vancouver.
PRINCIPAL ENSEMBLES

The Bruce Freedman African Groove Band- 2007-
Bruce Freedman-saxophones
Tyson Naylor-accordian
Dave Chokroun-double bass
Tommy Babin-double bass
Russel Shumsky-African drums
Dan Gaucher-drums


Bruce Freedman Quartet - 2002
Bruce Freedman, saxophones, Rod Murray, trombone, Clyde Reed, bass, Stan Taylor, drums.

Bruce Freedman Trio - 1998
Bruce Freedman, alto and soprano sax, Clyde Reed, bass, Dylan van der Schyff, drums

Bruce Freedman Quartet-1993-BF, soprano sax, Dylan van der Schyff, drums, André Lachance, bass, Dan Graham, piano

New Orchestra Workshop Orchestra-1992- present including Rene Lussier, Barry Guy, many more

Paul Plimley Quartet-1991-93

Vancouver Art Trio: 1985-1987

Chief Feature: 1981-1990 (81-86 with Hugh Fraser, Claude Ranger)

RECORDINGS
 
Groove Band

LIVE AT THE CELLAR (2008)
The BRUCE FREEDMAN AFRICAN GROOVE BAND
Bruce Freedman-saxophones
Tyson Naylor-accordian
Dave Chokroun-double bass
Tommy Babin-double bass
Russel Shumsky-African drums
Dan Gaucher-drums

READ THE REVIEWS

Ordering information:
Can be purchased through this on-line store:
http://www.cdbaby.com/brucefreedman

Or contact Bruce directly at bruce.freedman@yahoo.ca

Ordering information

ENORMOUS MOMENTS (2001)
The BRUCE FREEDMAN TRIO
(Independent CD release)
Bruce Freedman - alto and soprano sax
Clyde Reed - bass
Dylan van der Schyff- drums

READ THE REVIEWS

Ordering information:
Can be purchased through this on-line store:
http://www.cdbaby.com/brucefreedman

Or contact Bruce directly at bruce.freedman@yahoo.ca

Bruce Freedman also appears on the following recordings:

George Lewis and the NOW Orchestra
'The Shadowgraph series'
Compositions for creative orchestra
Spool Recordings

Le tour du bloc - Rene Lussier and NOW Orchestra- compact disc, Victo Recording (1995)

Study - Witch Gong Game Barry Guy and the NOW Orchestra- 11/10, CD, Maya Recordings, (1994)

Noir - with Paul Plimley, Gregg Bendian, Lisle Ellis, CD, Victo Recordings (1993)

N.O.W. YOU HEAR IT Bruce Freedman Trio, CD, Nine Winds Recordings (1992)

The Time is N.O.W., Chief Feature, CD, Nine Winds Recordings (1990)

When Elephants Dance Chief Feature, Limited Edition Cassette (1988)

Vancouver Art Trio, Limited Edition Cassette (1987)
Chief Feature, Limited Edition Cassette (1985)

CONTACT
Email: bruce.freedman@yahoo.ca

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Bruce's music is hosted by Alan Zisman, on www.zisman.ca




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