david weiss

Von Freeman RIP

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Sad news. Thank you, Vonski, for all the great music, and for being Vonski. RIP

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If I get to do the work I love until I'm 88, I won't consider my death a sad event.

Congratulations on a life well lived, Von.

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When the term "the one and only" is used for a performer, owned it like few others.

Visits with him on the weekly broadcast are treasured memories.

RIP Vonski

Edited by Mike Schwartz

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Sad news. According to the Chicago Tribune he was 88, but as far as I know he was born in October 1922, so I guess he was 89.

Edited by J.A.W.

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Oh no! I feel so awful for Chuck and others who were so close with him. What an amazing talent and person. I'm very very sorry to hear this.

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wow...figured it was coming, but still...

That was some music.

Nothing but music.

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While some musicians famously die young, I am amazed by the longevity and productivity of musicians like Vonski. Way to live.

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While some musicians famously die young, I am amazed by the longevity and productivity of musicians like Vonski. Way to live.

:tup

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While some musicians famously die young, I am amazed by the longevity and productivity of musicians like Vonski. Way to live.

Yep.

Edited by J.A.W.

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I think it was 1996 or 1997 in the winter time and I was attending the Housewares show in Chicago and maybe that was the year I was able to see Eight Bold Souls at Hot House but there was one guy besides Fred Anderson that I was determined to see live when I visited Chicago and that was Von Freeman...

well I think it was at The Apartment and I know the pianist was John Young and I know they had a singer for later in the set.

I remember him warming up and not hearing too much and *then* when they started I remember the SOUND, the SOUND of a guy who plays the damn tenor saxophone his whole life and nothing ever mattered more than playing the tenor saxophone.

We know it when we hear it.

and then all I remember is that the first tune was a mid tempo bles thing and I remember the SOUND live when he started to HIT it and I remember he blew my mind for about 15 minutes straight up and that's all I remember as knew I heard a giant of the tenor saxophone and I was blessed to be within 10 feet of the bell of his horn.

as Uli will surely post on the other board if he is up to it.....

RIP Sir!

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He took it so far, musically. The Berlin concert....the solo version of "If I Should Lose You" from the Chicago Cultural Center.....Musicians who play song form, this is as far as it goes in jazz. Sad news. A great loss. And an undeniable force for what jazz does in and for the community.

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Oh no ......

R.I.P., and many, many thanks for being yourself all these years.

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RIP.

I had really wanted to get to see him at the Green Mill this past Dec/Jan. but in the end didn't go (for some lame reason I can no longer remember). Well, I did manage to see him on a few occasions (as well as Fred Anderson). Thanks for the music...

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Foolish to be too sad ... he lasted for more than a lifetime and gave us music for at least nine lives!

But still, this is a hard one to take. Thank you for all the great music!

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Sad news. According to the Chicago Tribune he was 88, but as far as I know he was born in October 1922, so I guess he was 89.

Not to quibble...he would have turned 89 come October.

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Sad news. According to the Chicago Tribune he was 88, but as far as I know he was born in October 1922, so I guess he was 89.

Not to quibble...he would have turned 89 come October.

So he was born in 1923, not 1922. Thanks for the info.

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Chris Sheridan (liners to "Young and Foolish") also has 1922 as year of birth. Not that I knew, not that it really matters ...

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Chris Sheridan (liners to "Young and Foolish") also has 1922 as year of birth. Not that I knew, not that it really matters ...

I brought it up because I expect and trust serious newspapers like the Chicago Tribune to give the correct info. They said he was 88, while my sources say 89.

Edited by J.A.W.

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