Chico Freeman was born in Chicago on July 17, 1949.
The son of saxophonist Von Freeman, Chico first began playing trumpet in high school and it was not until 1967 during his junior year at Northwestern University that he switched to the tenor saxophone.
After graduating in 1972 he would go on to teach in Chicago at the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians School of Music and earned a master's degree in composition and theory from Governors State University.
He began playing local clubs with musicians including legendary blues pianist Memphis Slim, releasing his debut album as leader "Morning Prayer" in 1976.
The Following year Chico moved to New York where he would first achieve fame as part of a growing number of young musicians steeped in jazz tradition.
His repertoire includes interoperations of classic standards by artist like John Coltrane as well as those of written by himself and his contemporaries.
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