Bruce Freedman Tenor,
Alto, Soprano Saxophones
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.
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.
also currently writing for and performing with The Bruce Freedman African Groove
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.
this foray into a groove-oriented vision of Freedman's open approach to
(Note: Songs are saved as
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
Blaine Wikjord-Drums (4 min 41 secs- 4.4 MB)
2. Clear the Way
' Chief Feature' (1992)
Claude Ranger-drums (10 min 55 sec- 10.2 MB)
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.
The Bruce Freedman African Groove
Dave Chokroun-double bass
Russel Shumsky-African drums
Freedman Quartet - 2002
Bruce Freedman, saxophones, Rod Murray, trombone, Clyde Reed, bass,
Stan Taylor, drums.
Freedman Trio - 1998
alto and soprano sax, Clyde Reed, bass, Dylan van der Schyff, drums
Freedman Quartet-1993-BF, soprano sax, Dylan van der
André Lachance, bass, Dan Graham, piano
Orchestra Workshop Orchestra-1992- present including Rene
Lussier, Barry Guy, many more
Art Trio: 1985-1987
1981-1990 (81-86 with Hugh Fraser, Claude
THE CELLAR (2008)
The BRUCE FREEDMAN AFRICAN GROOVE BAND
Tommy Babin-double bass