||As part of the Freeman Family Legacy of Chicago; Chico Freeman is the son of the legendary NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Von Freeman; his uncles are guitarist George Freeman and drummer Bruz Freeman. And like the Freemans who preceded him, Chico amassed a diverse resume of performing everything from R&B to blues, from hard bop to avant-garde. His credits include working with McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Hack DeJohnette, Sam Rivers, Sun Ra, and Dizzy Gillespie. Freeman spent the last decade living in Europe, returning to the United States in 2016. His first Columbia appearance saw him perform with pianist John Hicks in the late 1980s; he returned in 1994 as a member of The Leaders, the legendary sextet that featured trumpeter Lester Bowie, saxophonist Arthur Blythe and a rhythm seciton that included Kirk Lightsey, Cecil McBee and Don Moye. Freeman's most recent Jazz Series appearance was in celebration of his late father's 80th birthday, that took place in 2003. He returns now leading his own star-studded ensemble that he calls the Plus+Tet - and to once again celebrate his father with a public dedication of the Von Freeman Memorial Library, the 7,000 volume LP/CD and book collection housed at the Jazz Series. Contact the Jazz Series® at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website wealwaysswing.org for more information.