Russ Freeman Biography

Bop / Cool Jazz pianist

sometimes credited as producer (World Pacific)



Born: May 28, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: June 27, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada



Russ Freeman worked with most if not all of the major West Coast jazz names, including Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Sonny Criss, Chet Baker, Shelly Manne, Shorty Rogers and Art Pepper. Also with Serge Chaloff (Boston, 1954), Charlie Parker (LA, 1947), and two years with Benny Goodman (1958-59). He is best known for his 1950s work with trumpeter Chet Baker and drummer Shelly Manne.



His later career was focused mainly on session work for television and film soundtracks, and as a music director in nightclubs. He recorded again in a duet with Manne in 1982.


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