Mike Freeman Facts

Fact Sheet

Mike Freeman Facts
Vibraphonist * Composer * Band Leader * Recording Artist * Arranger * Educator * Producer

Recordings as Leader:


Mike Freeman ZonaVibe - "Venetian Blinds", VOF recordings 2018

Mike Freeman ZonaVibe - "Blue Tjade", VOF recordings (late 2015)

Mike Freeman ZonaVibe - "The Vibesman", VOF recordings 2012

Mike Freeman ZonaVibe - "In The Zone", VOF recordings 2007

Mike Freeman - "Wiggle Stomp", VOF recordings 2000

Mike Freeman & Spellbound® - "Street Shuffle", Best Recordings 1991

Mike Freeman & Spellbound, debut recording 1985

Mike’s recordings of original music have appeared on numerous radio charts, syndicated radio programs (WOR radio network, Jazz after Hours, David Sanborn, Music Choice, United Airlines), have received outstanding reviews, and have been both Grammy and Latin Grammy entries.

Concerts as leader include:
• Trinidad & Tobago Steelpan & Jazz Festival
• Festival Internacional, Terceira, Azores
• First Night Celebrations (numerous)
• IAJE International Convention, Atlanta
• Rehoboth Beach, DE, Jazz Festival
• Berks Jazz Festival
• JVC Newport Jazz Festival
• Hennessy Greenwich Village Jazz Festival
• NJ State Aquarium’s Jazzin the Deep Festival
• Penn Sate University tour
• Toured Portugal on grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the American Embassy (USIA)

Groups:
• Mike Freeman ZonaVibe
• Mike Freeman Vibe Caliente
• Mike Freeman & Spellbound
Associated groups:
• Ray Mantilla’s Good Vibrations Band
• Lucho Cueto’s (Allstar) Black Sugar
• Son Boricua with Jose Mangual Jr. and Jimmy Sabater
• Boricua Blues Jose Mangual Jr.
• Mark Holen’s Zambomba
• Julio Salgado
• Willie Villegas Joe Cuba Sextet
• Tito Gomez
• Timba Vibes

Commissioned arrangements and compositions for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Percussion Scholarship Program (for over a decade) and for a national percussion curriculum for China, 2014.

• Produced Band Together a hurricane Katrina benefit concert for Tipitina's Foundation and Band Together2 a benefit concert following hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria for the Jazz Foundation of America.

Performed with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, directed by Oscar Hernandez at Madison Square Garden, and Willie Villegas Joe Cuba Sextet at NJ Salsa Congress both with legendary sonero Cheo Feliciano; Latin Legends Tribute Concert at Aaron Davis Hall with Louis Bauzó; Cuban Fantasy at Weill Hall with Kathleen Landis

Studio sessions for Kirsten Thien, The Manhattan Transfer "Swing", Atlantic Records; Don Sebesky Foxwoods, "The Wonder of it All" featuring John Pizzarelli jr; Broadway stars Stephanie Pope "Now’s the Time to Fall in Love", and Capathia Jenkins with Lou Rosen "South Side Stories"; and Hale Rood (arranger for Louis Bellson), among others

Artist/Clinician Balter Mallets and formerly Musser Instrument Company

Clinics/Masterclasses/Residencies include:
• Florida International University
• New York University
• Berklee College of Music, MA
• Ithaca College, NY

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