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New Music Update

The new batch of music has come together nicely. It's time to start rehearsing, playing, and hopefully recording it later this year!

CD Sale

It's that time of year for a ZonaVibe CD Sale! Add music to your holidays at great sale prices and help stuff the music coffers in support of the next ZonaVibe recording the same time! Sale Page Here

New Music

I've been working on a bunch of new music over the past month. Nice sounds and grooves are starting to come together.

Farewell Dad

My father, Harry Freeman, passed away Sept. 27th, 2016 at age 89. He was a devoted father and husband who would have celebrated his 69th wedding anniversary this month. He was in the army for a short time at the end of WWll. Along with help from the GI bill, he worked his way through college playing the saxophone and clarinet in area big bands, earning a degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. My father was a very big supporter of my music! He was the son of home builder Ron Freeman, who was also a drummer and local band leader. Following college dad worked for Foster Smatana and Lueder Construction, then owned Freeman Construction Company for over 25 years. He loved to fly small airplanes, enjoyed playing golf, was a member of Golden K (Kiwanis) and the "Over the Hill Gang" that included several prominent members from Omaha.

We had a memorial for him on Oct. 3rd, at Countryside Church, which he helped build. There was music I played with a trio, lots of photos, and good memories. Although very sad I think we had a nice send off for him. Farewell Dad!

Harry Freeman
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Alto sax player front row 2nd from left
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Summer 2016 wrap-up

The summer has wound down with some memorable gigs starting in late spring with a Bronx rooftop concert at Casita Maria with Ray Mantilla followed by the annual stickball tournament with Julio Salgado. ZonaVibe, in promotion of "Blue Tjade", was in the East Village at the Third Street Music series in late June and Jose Mangual Jr.’s Son Boricua was in the Bronx at Olivias in July. Then there was Ray Mantilla’s Jazzmobile gig at Riverbank State Park and a Jazz Foundation gig at Union Square Park. In August ZonaVibe had a great time on a beautiful evening as part of Jazz Forum Arts music series at Dobbs Ferry where the audience called for an encore! And to top it off Ray Mantilla’s Good Vibrations band just finished a prestigious and well received gig at The Kitano Jazz. I’m now taking a short break to head to the midwest but next up is Son Boricua at BB Kings on Sept. 15th!