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José Valdes - Latin Jazz That Sizzles In ChiTown

Salsa, Latin Jazz, Caribbean Sounds, Cool Jazz, Contemporary Dance Tunes, for over 30 years Valdes Music Productions (VMP) and director José Valdes... have added that special touch to countless events, celebrations, and festivals. They have created excitement, shared the joy of music, and been an integral part of the milestones for thousands of people. Music marks one's most special moments, and makes the turning points even more memorable. José Valdes and his variety of band configurations (solo piano, jazz duo/trio/quartet or full 17 piece orchestra), will help you experience and associate the finest times of your lives with the songs and sounds which enrich your recollection and excite your sensibilities. I recommend that you consider hiring him to enhance your next event or celebration. One of his bands, The Mambo Zombies, appears regularly at Green Dolphin Street (Ashland & Webster) in Chicago, IL every Tuesday evening from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. He also has a straight-ahead jazz trio that is showcased every Thursday evening from 5:00PM to 11:00PM at Sullivan's Steakhouse in Naperville, IL. Contact him at 630.632.7392 or visit his website at:

Von Freeman - Chicago Jazz Tenor Extrordinaire

Next time you are in Chicago be sure to check out Earl Lavon Freeman Sr. a.k.a "Vonski"... born on October 3, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois he is a hard bop tenor saxophonist. He is also the father of Chico Freeman. He learned saxophone as a child and at DuSable High School his band director was Walter Dyett. He began his professional career at age 16 in Horace Henderson's Orchestra. He was drafted into the Navy during World War II and played for a Navy band while in the service. Von is considered a founder of the "Chicago School" of jazz tenorists along with Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin and Clifford Jordan. His music has been described as "wonderfully swinging and dramatic" featuring a "large rich sound". Von has a regular Tuesday night set at the New Apartment Lounge in Chicago.