Earl Lavon Freeman jazz tenor saxophonist, originally
became known for his work with the Horace Henderson
Group during the Late 1940s, and Sun Ra's band in the
early '50s. During that period, he also played with his
musical brothers, drummer Bruz (Eldrige) Freeman and
guitarist George Freeman, (with pianists including Ahmad
Jamal, Andrew Hill, and Muhal Richard Abrams).
Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich says, "...For technical
brilliance, musical intellect, harmonic sophistication and
improvisatory freedom, Von Freeman has few bebop-era
The Chicago Reader's Monica Kendrick adds "He changes
everything he touches, mostly for the better, with his
swaggering tenor tenderness."
Along with his contemporaries Gene Ammons, Johnny
Griffin, and Clifford the founder of the "Chicago School"
of tenor players which adapted the work of Lester Young
and Ben Webster, and influenced a number of players
including Johnny Griffin & Clifford Jordan