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Fred Anderson Velvet Dies Age 81: Velvet Lounge Founder and Chicago "Free Jazz" Tenorist Will Be Missed

A great Jazzman and founder of The Velvet Lounge jazz club located in Chicago, Illinois, Fred Anderson, passed away Thursday June 24th, 2010...according to his sons Eugene and Michael Anderson... Fred had suffered a massive heart attack on June 14th...checkout Howard Reich's Chicago Tribune article here on Fred Anderson and his legacy and impact on the world of Jazz . Also, refer to the latest article on Fred authored by The New York Times, here. The Kurt Gottshalk article on Mr. Anderson at is also worth reading along with his biography there. Fred's Wikipedia profile is also avaliable, here. If you so desire, You can leave comments here at the on-line obituary GuestBook set up for Fred at
Funeral arrangements for Fred Anderson are as follows:

Date: Tuesday June 29, 2010
Time: 5PM to 6PM
Where: Leak and Sons Funeral Chapel
7838 South Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60619 Ph:773-846-6567

Date: Tuesday June 29, 2010
Time: 6PM
Where: Leak and Sons Funeral Chapel
7838 South Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60619 Ph:773-846-6567

The following is a letter posted by Fred's granddaughter which has some more information:

"Hello Family and Friends!
My name is Jasmine Anderson-Sebaggala, I am Fred Anderson's granddaughter. I am writing on behalf of my family. We appreciate the support and prayers for my grandfather, Fred Anderson. My Grandfather received visits and phone calls from more than 200 people. People traveled from various cities to visit him. Thanks for sharing great vibes, stories, food and love.

My grandfather died peacefully on Thursday June 24, 2010 at 3:10 a.m. He was in hospice at The Ark in Park Ridge, IL. We will miss my grandfather's presence, and cherish our memories of him. He was a humble man that helped and inspired others and loved his family and friends. The velvety smooth sounds blown from his horn remind me of his dedication, strength and courage. We will always honor his legacy, work ethic and determination. Funeral arrangements are pending.

In lieu of flowers, our family asks that donations be endorsed to AIRMW with a memo that it is for the Velvet Lounge Fund and sent to Asian Improv aRts Midwest, c/o JASC 4427 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640. All proceeds will go to support keeping the Velvet Lounge open and thriving into the future.

Condolence cards and greetings can be sent to:

Jasmine Anderson-Sebaggala
2117 West Howard Street Unit 3D
Evanston Illinois 60602


Jasmine Anderson-Sebaggala"

(source:,, Delmark Records,,,

Here is the Delmark Records DVD Trailer for Fred Anderson's 80th B-Day bash session:

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