[JPL] Goin' To Chicago / Vonsky

Kathryn Smith katesmith999 at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 3 00:49:58 EDT 2008

I just picked up the phone and called him 
  to see if he had any words of wisdom to impart...
  LOL... got his awesome brother George
  who's home baby sitting the house (the house is never left empty)
  because this is Vonski's weekly gig in Indiana
  from which he never gets home until after the morning rush hour.
  So he's still playing until 4a.m. on Tue at the New Apartment.
  And then making the run Wed evening for his all nighter in Indiana.
  And the 2nd weekend of the month he works the late set at Andys.
  LOL... I'd say, Ya can't keep a good man down!
  So great to be feelin' the love.
  I'll be sure to relay it to him tomorrow.
  BTW if you're in Chicago tomorrow... 
  George will be playin' his weekly south shore gig at the Tropical Den.
  - Kate.

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Thanks, Kate. I feel better now - and a man in his 80s deserves to get 
picky about gigs!
I don't know if those Tuesday sessions at the New Apartment are still 
happening, do you?
I did see a review of him playing there in January.


On Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at 07:22 PM, Kathryn Smith wrote:

> He has begun to slow down a bit, with regard to taking all the gigs 
> offered.
> However, Blowin' as strong as ever.
> - Kate.
> Jim Wilke wrote:
> Steven,
> That's shocking! I hadn't heard of his passing and could find no
> mention of it through JIC, allaboutmusic.com, a google search, the jazz
> journalists association or even his own web page -
> members.tripod.com/go54321/vf/vonfreeman.html . I found one reference
> that had him playing a gig last month. Do you have any details? He's
> one of those bigger than life characters who just seemed like he'd go
> on forever.
> Jim Wilke
> Jazz After Hours, PRI
> www.jazzafterhours.org
> On Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at 06:43 PM, Bluenightrecords at aol.com
> wrote:
>> In a message dated 4/2/2008 6:37:27 PM Central Daylight Time,
>> jwilke123 at comcast.net writes:
>> Von Freeman & friends play Tuesdays at
>> the New Apartment,
>> Jim, et al. Just so you know, Von Freeman passed away some months
>> ago.
>> Anyone coming to Chicago, feel free to give me a shout in advance.
>> I'll try
>> to hook you up with what's happening.
>> Cheers!
>> Steven
>> Steven Briggs, President
>> Blue Night Records
>> www.bluenightrecords.com


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