Fact Sheet

Mike Freeman Facts

Musician * Composer * Band Leader * Recording Artist * Arranger * Educator * Producer

Recordings as Leader:

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

Mike Freeman ZonaVibe - The Vibesman VOF recordings

Mike Freeman ZonaVibe - In The Zone VOF recordings

Mike Freeman - Wiggle Stomp VOF recordings

Mike Freeman & Spellbound® - Street Shuffle: Best Recordings

Mike Freeman & Spellbound debut recording

Mike’s recordings 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)

• Mike Freeman ZonaVibe
• Mike Freeman Vibe Caliente
• Mike Freeman & Spellbound
Associated groups:
• Ray Mantilla’s Good Vibrations Band
• Lucho Cueto’s Black Sugar
• Son Boricua with Jose Mangual Jr. and Jimmy Sabater
• Boricua Blues Jose Mangual Jr.
• Mark Holen’s Zambomba
• Julio Salgado
• Timba Vibes

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

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, 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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