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George Freeman/Mike Allemana Quartet with Bernard Purdie Live at the Green Mill

Project Format: Pre-Order Campaigns, 12 inch Vinyl, Vinyl + Digital
Genre: Jazz, Live Performance

PRE-ORDER CAMPAIGN for 12" vinyl release of the George Freeman/Mike Allemana 4tet with special guest Bernard Purdie

$1,135 Raised out of $5,000
25 Fans
3 Days Remaining

WHAT THIS CAMPAIGN IS ABOUT:

Guitarist George Freeman and drumming legend Bernard Purdie recorded together in the 1970s with organists Jimmy McGriff and Richard "Groove" Holmes. Over 40 years later, on April 10 and 11, 2015, they reunited with guitarist Mike Allemana and organist Pete Benson to a packed house at Chicago's Green Mill jazz club.  These two magical nights were captured in a beautiful live recording, engineered by David Zuchowski, which until now has been unavailable to the public. 

Time to release this recording. Why is it so special?
This is the first time George and Bernard have recorded together in 40+ yearsAlso, this is the first time that George Freeman (saxophonist Von Freeman's brother) and Mike Allemana (Von's longtime accompanist) have recorded together, making this an important event in Chicago jazz history and guitar history. And George Freeman wrote every song on this recording. Just imagine how this will sound on vinyl!!!

With George's 90th birthday coming up on April 10, 2017, it's time to get this recording released.  We need to raise funds for mixing, editing, manufacturing, and promotion. Ears&Eyes Records, Matthew Golombisky's record label that specializes in Chicago artists, will be helping us to release this special recording. 

Other information about the people behind this campaign:

The band:
George Freeman---guitar
Mike Allemana--guitar
Pete Benson--organ
Special guest: Bernard Purdie--drums

Some history of the cats
Guitarist George Freeman worked in the 1940s with many jazz greats such as Lester Young and his closest childhood friend, saxophonist Johnny Griffin. He recorded with Charlie Parker in 1951, accompanied all the great organists including Groove Holmes from the 1950s to the 1970s, and was in Gene Ammons's group from 1969 to 1974, including composing the title track for Ammons's 1971 release The Black Cat

Bernard Purdie, the drumming legend who needs no introduction, the most recorded drummer in history, joins us every year to celebrate George's birthday. He grooves so hard on this recording and George and Bernard have a special energy together. 

Guitarist Mike Allemana was the accompanist for George's brother, saxophonist Von Freeman, from 1997 until Von's passing in 2012. The two guitarists joined forces in 2013. George and Mike decided to ask Bernard Purdie to perform with them in 2014 at the Green Mill to celebrate George's birthday and it's now become an annual event.

Organist Pete Benson has performed the past 13 years with Sabertooth, the resident jazz quartet at the Green Mill every Saturday night and one of the busiest organists in Chicago.

Ears&Eyes Records
Bassist Matthew Golombisky runs this independent label that focuses on deliberate efforts of sincere music/art. Ears&eyes was born within a vibe of community and creativity in Chicago, after its conception in New Orleans with branches spreading to New York, Bay Area and Buenos Aires. Visit their site to see all the great music they produce.

photos by: Michael Jackson and Harvey Tillis

Everything else:

The costs

Here is the basic breakdown of what we need to raise:
  • mixing and editing $1000
  • mastering $500
  • artwork $500
  • vinyl manufacturing $2500
  • distribution set up $500
basic total: $5000

We hope to release this by July 2017 with Ears&Eyes Records in vinyl and digital download formats. All contributions towards vinyl and digital download will receive pre-releases.

Please help us realize this piece of Chicago jazz history. Anything you can give is appreciated. Here are some perks to choose from for your generous contribution:
  • $15 digital download with bonus tracks
  • $30 12” vinyl, digital download with bonus tracks
  • $45 12” vinyl, digital download with bonus tracks if being shipped outside the U.S.
  • $50 12” vinyl, digital download with bonus tracks, and one free admission to April 7 or April 8, 2017 Green Mill show
  • $100 12” vinyl, digital download with bonus tracks, two free admissions to April 7 or April 8, 2017 Green Mill show, credits on vinyl for your generous contribution*
  • $200 12” vinyl, digital download with bonus tracks, a lunch date with George Freeman and Mike Allemana, credits on vinyl for your generous contribution*
  • $200 12” vinyl, digital download with bonus tracks, four free admissions to April 7 or April 8, 2017 Green Mill show, credits on vinyl for your generous contribution*
  • $500 12” vinyl, digital download with bonus tracks, guitar lesson with George Freeman and Mike Allemana, credits on vinyl for your generous contribution*
*contributions must be made by March 20 to have credits on vinyl 

George Freeman
Guitarist
Mike Allemana
Guitarist

About George Freeman

Legendary Chicago guitarist George Freeman performed in the 1940s with saxophonists Charlie Parker and Lester Young, the 1950s and 1960s with organist Groove Holmes, the 1970s with Gene Ammons, and his own groups up until today. (photo by Harvey Tillis)

About Mike Allemana

Guitarist and co-leader with the George Freeman/Mike Allemana 4tet. Performed weekly from 1997-2012 with Chicago saxophone legend Von Freeman. (photo by Harvey Tillis)