"Chicago tenor saxophone giant Von Freeman died in 2012, at age 88, but he remains a significant figure in jazz here and beyond.The latest evidence comes in the form of After Dark: A Von Freeman Tribute, a band of Freeman acolytes who celebrate the master’s
outsized legacy in contemporary ways."
-- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Geof Bradfile - tenor sax
Scott Burns - tenor sax
Rajiv Halim - tenor and alto saxes
Mike Allemana - guitar
Clark Sommers - bass
George Fludas - drums
After Dark performs the music that most influenced Von Freeman as a youth. We do songs that formed his musical thinking according to what he told me and others and to what George Freeman tells me [Mike Allemana] in our interviews. We explore compositions by Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Charlie Parker, but with our own take. Geof Bradfield, Scott Burns, and I have all contributed arrangements for three saxophones and rhythms section. Of course, we always open each night playing one fo Von’s composition on the blues, “After Dark,” which he recorded with Andrew Hill in 1956 on the Ping label.