Jazz lost many great saxophonists in 2012, including David S. Ware, John Tchicai, Byard Lancaster, Faruq Z. Bey, Hal McKusick and Red Holloway.
Tenor saxophonist Von Freeman died in August at age 88. The renowned Chicago jazz musician liked to stay close to home; he once raced back from a concert in Berlin to play a bar gig the following night. Freeman rarely missed one of his legendary Tuesday-night jam sessions, where he’d school young musicians by inviting them to find their own solutions to the problems he posed. He once explained his teaching method: “They ask me questions and I say, ‘I don’t know.'” Freeman wanted young players to put their influences and original ideas together for themselves, the way he had.
“Have No Fear, Soul Is Here” from Von Freeman’s 1975 reissue Have No Fear, provides one good introduction to his music. Freeman came out of