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The biography Rhythm is My Beat, honoring the life and music of jazz guitarist, Freddie Green

The above photos are from the book discussion and signing event with Alfred Green, author and son of Freddie Green, held at the Avery Reseach Center, in Charleston SC on Aug. 27, 2015 at 7 pm.

Book Presentation and Jazz Concert Aug. 29, 2015

Author dicussed his book, Rhythm is My Beat and then interviewed by Adam Parker, Arts Editor, for the Charleston Post and Courier. Qestions were taken from the audience before the jazz concert. Freddie Green compositions were performed by The Franklin Street Jazz Ensemble, lead by musical director, Quentin Baxter.

Judy Carmichael's "Jazz Inspired," radio interview with author Alfred Green at the River Course Club Kiawah Island, SC

Author Alfred Green will discuss his new biography about his father, guitarist Freddie Green, titled Rhythm Is My Beat: Jazz Guitar Great Freddie Green and the Count Basie Sound. This discussion is part of Judy Carmichael’s 'Jazz Inspired,' a radio show on SiriusXM NPR (Channel 122). Come join this exciting event at Kiawah Island on February 23rd, in which the author will be accompanied by several artists: guitarist James Chirillo will illustrate what is called the ‘Freddie Green style,’ and Judy Carmichael, Harry Allen, and Pat O’Leary will perform songs reminiscent of Freddie Green and Count Basie. River Course Club 10 River Course Lane Kiawah Island, SC

Posted July 6, 2015

An excerpt from stride pianist/vocalist, Judy Carmichael's interview with Adam Parker of the Charleston Post and Courier on Feb. 21, 2015.

Picture of Judy Carmichael's album Stride

"Freddie Green was a mentor of mine and a great friend. He was on my first recording and we always played golf together whenever he was in Los Angeles, although we got together a number of times in New York. He once stopped playing in the middle of the tune “Gee Baby” when he was with the Basie band at the Blue Note in New York City to lean over the stage to me, sitting in the front row, and say: “This would be a good tune for you Judy!” I loved Freddie."

Posted, July 7, 2015

"When he played with Count Basie, everyone knew that Freddie Green was half the orchestra on his own, the man who helped the band breathe. He was the "working lung", and as an accompanist he played "four-to-the-bar" like nobody else. The secret of his swinging lightness lay in the fact that he didn't play all the strings, merely three or four of them."

- Philippe Baudoin

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