Chico Freeman (above) and Heiri Kanzig will share the stage on April 30 at Akbank Sanat as a part of the International Jazz Day Concert. Chico Freeman is a well-renowned saxophonist who gave an unforgettable performance with his band The Young Lions along with legendary musicians Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D'Rivera, Kevin Eubanks and Anthony Davis in 1982 at the Lincoln Center in New York City. He was pointed to as the future of jazz by the musical authorities in the 1980s, and his 14-minute composition "Whatever Happened to the Dream Deferred?" was called "one of the best of the album" by The New York Times.
In 1986, when promoters in Europe were organizing superstar bands, Freeman brought together The Leaders - an all-star sextet of internationally recognized bandleaders. Kanzig, who studied in Graz, Vienna and Zurich, has long ranked among Europe's best bassists. He is a virtuoso technician whose sound comes to the fore in the widest range of contexts from jazz and improvisation to world music. He has received international acclaim as the long-standing bassist of the Vienna Art Orchestra, with which he has played since 1978. In high demand as a freelancer, he has played on more than 150 CDs on well-known labels including Blue Note, Verve, ACT, Virgin and Warner Brothers.
When: April 30
Where: Akbank Sanat