In Memory of Bob Freedman, conducting @ Jazzaar Festival 2001
The Ron Carter & the Jazzaar Big Band will pay tribute to the late Bob Freedman on April 12, 2019.
Bob Freedman was a composer, songwriter, educator, conductor, saxophonist and arranger. After his high school education, he became a saxophonist in the dance orchestras of Serge Chaloff, Vido Musso, Woody Herman, Herb Pomeroy and Maynard Ferguson. He joined ASCAP in 1958, and his popular-song compositions include “And We Listened”. Throughout his life Bob worked for Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Wynton Marsalis, Grover Washington, Miles Davis, Arther Blythe, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Herbie Mann, Michael Brecker, Billy Joel, Renee Rosnes, Dianne Reeves, won a Grammy together with Quincy Jones for The Wiz and conducted hundreds of Productions around the Globe. He also taught at the Berklee School of Music and was the chairman of their Arranging department until his retirement while being the music director at a Boston recording studio. In 2010 Bob wrote the arrangements and directed the recording sessions for this truly GREAT Big Band led by master bassist Ron Carter. It was released on Sunnyside Records on Sept 13, 2011 and worldwide in November 2011. The Japanese release (March 2011) is on EMI-Toshiba. Visit www.SomerledCharitableFoundation.org for more information and audio clips.
Bob Freedman was a teacher and mentor at Berklee College of Music to Fritz, Helen and to many of our colleagues that studied at the school in Boston in the 80’s. Bob later contributed arrangements for Jazzaar Festival from 2001 – 2018. It was an honour and privilege to have worked with Bob all these years.
Bob Freedman passed away suddenly on Dec. 24, 2018.