Josh Abrams
Jason Adasiewicz
Jeff Albert
Dee Alexander
Gordon Allen
Marshall Allen
Scott Amendola
Fred Anderson
an_ARCHE NewMusic Ensemble
David Arner
Jean-Jacques Avenel
Renée Baker
Jim Baker
Harrison Bankhead
Lewis Barnes
Matt Bauder
Richie Beirach
John Betsch
Jacques Bisceglia
Jeb Bishop
Mwata Bowden
David Boykin
Rob Brown
Thomas Buckner
Nils Bultmann
Taylor Ho Bynum
Jean-Luc Cappozzo
Daniel Carter
Gerald Cleaver
Martha Colby
Leena Conquest
Jacques Coursil
Marilyn Crispell
Connie Crothers
Kamau Daaood
Steve Dalachinsky
Lowell Davidson
Vincent Davis
Ernest Dawkins
Michael Dessen
Alex Dézé
Jacques Di Donato
Whit Dickey
Hamid Drake
Kevin Drumm
Marc Ducret
Michel Edelin
Warren Ellis
Marco Eneidi
Marcus Evans
Orrin Evans
Malachi Favors
Xu Fengxia
Alvin Fielder
Scott Fields
Denis Fournier
Lori Freedman
Satoko Fujii
Eddie Gale
Joe Giardullo
Malcolm Goldstein
Stéphane Gombert
Simon Goubert
Guilherme Granado
Luther Gray
Robert Griffin
Gymkhana
Ed Hazell
John Hébert
John Herndon
Rosie Hertlein
Anna Homler
François Houle
Nicolas Humbert
Raphaël Imbert
Kidd Jordan
Sylvain Kassap
Julia Kent
Peter Kowald
Joseph Kubera
Mike Ladd
Marguerite Ladd
Oliver Lake
Steve Lantner
Yusef Lateef
Denis Lavant
Joëlle Léandre
Peggy Lee
Steve Lehman
Thomas Lehn
Urs Leimgruber
Lorna Lentini
Didier Levallet
Daniel Levin
George Lewis
Dave Liebman
Damon Locks
Ramon Lopez
Matthew Lux
Napoleon Maddox
Maia
Vartan Manoogian
Miya Masaoka
Sabir Mateen
Rob Mazurek
Joe McPhee
Franck Médioni
Myra Melford
Brian Melick
Dom Minasi
Nicole Mitchell
Roscoe Mitchell
John Moloney
Jemeel Moondoc
Gene Moore
Thurston Moore
Joe Morris
Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris
David Murray
Bill Nace
Mankwe Ndosi
Larry Ochs
Marc Parisotto
William Parker
Jeff Parker
Evan Parker
Andrea Parkins
Jessica Pavone
Didier Petit
Laurence Petit-Jouvet
Barre Phillips
Alexandre Pierrepont
Oscar Pierrepont
Michel Portal
David Prentice
Hal Rammel
Lucia Recio
Mike Reed
Tomeka Reid
Eric Revis
Matana Roberts
Donald Robinson
Christian Rollet
Frank Rosaly
Rich Rosenthal
Stephen Rush
Bernard Santacruz
Matthias Schubert
Jaribu Shahid
Matthew Shipp
Michael Snow
Hans Sturm
Steve Swell
Mazz Swift
Tani Tabbal
Craig Taborn
Mauricio Takara
Natsuki Tamura
Hanah Jon Taylor
Chad Taylor
Claude Tchamitchian
John Tchicai
Dylan van der Schyff
Nasheet Waits
Greg Ward
David Wessel
Joan Wildman
Corey Wilkes
William Winant
Shiau-Shu Yu
Michael Zerang

Fred Anderson


Tenor saxophone, band leader

Fred Anderson (March 22, 1929 – June 24, 2010) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist who was based in Chicago, Illinois. With a distinctive forward-bent playing posture, Anderson's playing was rooted in the swing music and hard bop idioms, but also incorporated innovations from free jazz, rendering him, as critics Ron Wynn and Joslyn Layne have written, "a seminal figure among Chicago musicians in the '60s."

Anderson was born Monroe, Louisiana. He grew up in the Southern United States and learned to play the saxophone by himself when he was a teenager. Anderson moved his family to Evanston, Illinois in the 1940s. He studied music formally at the Roy Knapp Conservatory in Chicago, and had a private teacher for a short time. Fred worked installing carpet for decades to sustain his music and his family, before opening up a succession of important Chicago nightclubs. Despite Anderson's prominence as an avant-garde musician, his guiding inspiration was Charlie Parker, portraits of whom are prominently displayed at Anderson's club, the Velvet Lounge.

He was one of the founders of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and an important member of the musical collective. His partner for many years was the Chicago jazz trumpeter Billy Brimfield.

Anderson appeared on several notable avant garde albums in the 1960s, notably the seminal Delmark recordings of saxophonist Joseph Jarman, As If It Were The Seasons (1968), and Song For (1966), which includes Anderson's composition "Little Fox Run."

In 1983, Fred Anderson took over ownership of the Velvet Lounge in Chicago, which quickly became a center for the city's jazz and experimental music scenes. The club expanded and relocated in the summer of 2006. Before that, his eclectic Beehive bar in west Chicago was a draw where musicians from around the world drank beer and played, mostly for each other.

Though he remained an active performer, Anderson recorded rarely for about a decade beginning in the mid-1980s. By the 1990s, however, he resumed a more active recording schedule, both as a solo artist, and in collaboration with younger performers, notably saxophonist Ken Vandermark and drummer Hamid Drake.

Anderson acted as mentor to young musicians who have gone on to prominent careers in music, either by featuring them in his groups or as performers at the Velvet Lounge. The list of musicians who he helped bring to public attention includes Drake, Harrison Bankhead, David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell, Justin Dillard, Aaron Getsug, Josh Abrams, Fred Jackson, George Lewis, Karl E. H. Seigfried, Isaiah Sharkey, and Isaiah Spencer. His son, Eugene Anderson, is a drummer.


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