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Bud Freeman


BUD FREEMAN (saxophonist, bandleader, composer) was born April 13, 1906 in Chicago Illinois and passed away there on March 15, 1991. Nicknamed “The Eel” for his long and snake-like improvisations, Freeman was one of the most innovative saxophonists of the Big Band era playing in Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey’s bands. Growing up in Chicago, he was influenced by the New Orleans style of King Creole and Louis Armstrong and created along with guitarist Eddie Condon a fusion known as” Chicago Jazz” . Post big band era, in the 60’s he led several small groups, worked as a session musician and wrote two memoirs. He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1992.