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George Freeman & Billy Branch
41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival
Friday, August 30, 2019 4:15 - 5:00 pm
Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion
George Freeman, Guitar
Billy Branch, Harp & Vocal
John Devlin, Bass, Accordion & Vocal
Luiz Ewerling, Drums & Percussion
Joanie Pallatto, Vocal
Bradley Parker-Sparrow, Piano
with Special Guest Tania Daley, Dancer!
Hot off the heels of the new Southport Records release, GEORGE THE BOMB!
We’re so excited to be part of the 41st annual Chicago Jazz Festival on Friday, August 30th at 4:15pm at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60602.
Join us! FREE event!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
from SOUTHPORT RECORDS
WDCB 90.9 FM
GEORGE THE BOMB!
FRI, APR 26 FROM 6 TO 9PM
CD Release and Listening Party!
"Meet and Greet"
George Freeman will be on hand at the bar to sign CDs!
Live Music from John Devlin!
George The Bomb! drink specials... and
Listen to the New SOUTHPORT CD "George The Bomb!" all night!
Chicago guitarist and jazz legend George Freeman explodes with his new original songs, tracing his roots back to the blues,
with special guest Billy Branch on harp and vocals!
Drummer-Percussionist Luiz Ewerling and John Devlin on bass & accordion, with Joanie Pallatto-vocals and Sparrow-piano!
George The Bomb! from www.amazon.com
Lange's Lounge - Chicago
3500 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
90.9fm WDCB Listener-Supported Public Radio
"Chicago’s Home for Jazz!"
Promotions from Blujazz Label and Promotion Service www.blujazz.com
SOUTHPORT RECORDS www.chicagosound.com
GEORGE FREEMAN – GEORGE THE BOMB!
SPECIAL GUEST – BILLY BRANCH
Chicago guitarist and jazz legend George Freeman explodes with his new original songs, tracing his roots back to the blues, with special guest Billy Branch on harp and vocals.
“You will always have jazz; jazz is not dead—as long as you have kids coming into this world who have rhythm and soul and a feeling.” – George Freeman (Chicago Jazz Magazine, 2015)
Guitarist George Freeman turns up the volume in his Chicago living room as he listens to "George The Bomb!" and he is smiling. He was born April 10, 1927. He remembers a time when Charlie Parker wouldn't go onstage without him. He is one of the few remaining living musicians who recorded with Bird ("An Evening In Chicago" Savoy, 1950). The music of George Freeman is not restricted to swing, blues, bop, rock or modern because George has been a living part of all of these eras.
On track #1, "George The Bomb!" 3-time Grammy nominee and harp master Billy Branch sends out a sound that explodes! His sly way of comping on the title track gets the groove rocking and rolling. The surprise here is when Freeman breaks into a full vocal scat! Is it jazz or is it blues? Who cares, it's hot! On track #3, "Where's The Cornbread?" George and Billy have a fun ride with their vocal conversation... "Hey Billy!" - "Yes, George..." To hear Billy Branch sing the blues on "Help Me", track #5, while showcasing his authentic blues harp alongside Freeman's searing guitar is their breakout culmination!
John Devlin's accordion creates a lush canvas on track #2, "Gorgeous George" -a masterful composition from Freeman. Could this be a new "Steppers" song, with it's smooth groove? Drummer Luiz Ewerling adds the right spice with his percussion.
The entire recording was a joyful collaboration! Pianist Bradley Parker-Sparrow opens track #4, "Tonto" with a moody swing groove, while Freeman delivers a strong and happy scat! Track #9, "Home Grown Tomatoes" features a vocal bluesy duet between Freeman and vocalist Joanie Pallatto. Freeman penned track #11, "Al Carter-Bey" for his lifelong friend and radio impresario.
George Freeman is a living legend and has toured and/or recorded with musical legends from Charlie Parker to Lester Young, Johnny Griffin, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Gene Ammons, to Dinah Washington, along with his brothers Von Freeman and Bruz Freeman and his nephew Chico Freeman.
"George The Bomb!" features: George Freeman, electric guitar and vocals; Billy Branch, harmonica and vocals; John Devlin, 6-string electric bass, accordion and vocals; Luiz Ewerling, drums and percussion; Joanie Pallatto, vocals and Bradley Parker-Sparrow, piano.
All of the tracks are original songs by George Freeman, © 2019 Porkpie Music BMI
(with the exception of "Help Me" (BMI) and "The Music Goes 'Round and Around" (ASCAP).
Produced by Joanie Pallatto & Bradley Parker-Sparrow.
Recorded August - December 2018 at Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studio, Chicago, IL
Promotions: Blujazz Records, Lampkin Music Group, Orman Music Media Group
STREET DATE: APRIL 2, 2019 – SOUTHPORT RECORDS – A NEW RELEASE: S-SSD 0148
1. George The Bomb! (5:47) 2. Gorgeous George (7:20) 3. Where's The Cornbread? (7:22) 4. Tonto (5:57)
5. Help Me (7:29) 6. Uncle Funky (5:20) 7. The Music Goes 'Round and Around (3:42)
8. Cha Cha Blue (3:43) 9. Home Grown Tomatoes (4:20) 10. Intimate (5:05) 11. Al Carter-Bey (3:14)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SOUTHPORT RECORDS AFTER THE FEST JAM SESSION!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2018: 9:00pm – 1:00am
3500 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60657 ~ 773-472-6030
SPECIAL GUEST: GEORGE FREEMAN, GUITAR LEGEND!
SPARROW and THE MACHINE BAND:
JOANIE PALLATTO-VOCALS ~ SPARROW-KEYBOARD
JOHN DEVLIN-BASS ~ LUIZ EWERLING-DRUMS
Join us for the party of the summer!
Stop by after the Chicago Jazz Festival
LET’S GET DOWN!
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