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Blue Tjade

by Mike Freeman ZonaVibe

Original Latinjazz vibraphone music performed by acclaimed New York musicians with guest tenor saxophonist from Chicago.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Cascade
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2. Cool My Curry Down
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3. Blue Tjade
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4. Dance of the Dead
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5. Pendulum
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6. Snow Flake
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7. Clockworks
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8. Making Conversation
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9. Agua y Piedra
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10. Low Rider
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Album Notes
Musician ✴ Composer ✴ Bandleader ✴ Recording Artist ✴ Arranger ✴ Educator ✴ Producer

Mike Freeman has been hailed as "masterful”, a "superb" vibes player, and “wildly talented” for work with his own groups and performances as a featured member of other notable groups. Energetic, rhythmic, soulful, and melodic, Mike’s performances have taken him from North America and Europe, to the Azores, Caribbean, and South America. His recordings of original music (ranging from jazz, Latinjazz, salsa, Brazilian, fusion, and R&B) have gained national and international attention, have been both Grammy and Latin Grammy entries, and received extensive radio airplay charting on jazz, contemporary jazz, and world music radio. “Blue Tjade”, his sixth recording, is a tip of the hat to Cal Tjader and blends some of his early Spellbound writing styles into clave-based music.

Past performance highlights as a leader include the Trinidad & Tobago Steelpan & Jazz Festival; Festival Internacional (Terciera, Azores); Central Park’s Harlem Meer concert series in New York City; performing for Flood Relief in Des Moines, Iowa; Joslyn Art Museum’s Jazz on the Green in Omaha, NE; the Berks, Rehoboth Beach, Hennessy Greenwich Village, and JVC Newport (at Saratoga) jazz festivals; International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Convention, as well as an extensive tour of Portugal, cosponsored by the Fulbright Foundation and the American Embassy (USIA), where he received the Medal of the City of Guarda.

Other endeavors include producing at Manhattan Plaza, “Band Together” a Hurricane Katrina Benefit Concert for Tipitinas Foundation benefiting New Orleans–area musicians and the Humane Society. He wrote a series, spanning more than a decade, of commissioned compositions and arrangements for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Percussion Scholarship Program and in 2014 was commissioned by drummer/educator Ed Uribe to write arrangements for a new percussion curriculum for the country of China that were performed by members of the Shanghai Symphony at Shanghai Symphony Hall.

Mike is also widely known for his work and recordings with several acclaimed Latin groups. The vibes behind the name, Mike has worked extensively with legendary percussionist Ray Mantilla’s Good Vibrations Band, which toured Italy far and wide. "Good Vibrations" (Savant Records) was Jazzweek's top Latinjazz recording on radio, 2006. He was part of Lucho Cueto’s all-star group Black Sugar, “Estamos Azucar", which gave blockbuster performances for thousands at the Toros Y Salsa Festival in Dax, France, and at the Festival Internacional de Salsa in Lima, Peru. For over ten years he’s been a member of Jose Mangual Jr.’s Son Boricua featuring the late Jimmy Sabater (one of the architects of Boogaloo) that performed for large gatherings at salsa congresses in New York, L.A., and Atlanta. His vibe work can also be heard with Mark Holen’s eclectic Latin blues band Zambomba. In the 1990’s he was often heard in New York with Jorge Jimenez’s salsa group Timba Vibes, having created the group's book, followed by an over 15 year association with salsa singer Julio Salgado. He performed with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (directed by Oscar Hernandez) at Madison Square Garden and with Willie Villegas's Joe Cuba Sextet for New Jersey's salsa congress both with legendary sonero Cheo Feliciano.



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Anthony S. Picco

My Favorite Mike Freeman Zonavibe CD
Mike knows his music. I like all of his albums, but Blue Tjade really resonates with me. Light, airy, solid, adventurous and flowing. It has a Latin Jazz feel but carves its own niche. Well worth checking out the samples!!!