Malachi Thompson’s Freebop Band


Malachi Thompson – leader, trumpet
Dennis Winslett - alto and soprano sax
Kirk Brown - piano
Harrison Bankhead - bass
Leon Joyce Jr. - drums

Dee Alexander – vocals

- special guests include –

Oscar Brown Jr. – spoken word

Gary Bartz - sax

Billy Harper - sax


Chicagoan Malachi Thompson is a composer, bandleader, trumpeter, teacher and arts activist. 
In 1991, Thompson founded the Sutherland Community Arts Initiative (SCAI),
a Southside not-for-profit 501 c3 arts and arts education presenting organization. 
Mr. Thompson has recorded ten critically acclaimed CDs for Delmark Records.
Dee Alexander, influenced by jazz, blues and gospel, is the Freebop Band's steady vocalist.

Malachi Thompson's Freebop Band celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 1998 with the release of  "Freebop Now" on Delmark Records. 
The album made it to #2 on the CMJ radio charts and appeared on the Jazziz radio chart indicating substantial airplay. 


The Village Voice described the Freebop Band, "...this is hard bop like it ought to be but is seldom heard."


Oscar Brown, Jr. is a Chicago born composer, singer, actor, playwright, and director who, during more than half a century
in the entertainment industry, has earned a reputation for being a "major artist," both as a writer and a performer. 
Brown won two Emmy Awards for his WBBM-TV special "Oscar Brown Is Back In Town."



FRI & SAT MAR 21 & 22 9:30PM/$15 ROSA'S LOUNGE 3420 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago (773) 342-0452

Back in the day, Bronzeville was the center for Jazz and Blues on Chicago's Southside.
From Louis Armstrong to Lester Bowie, from AC Reed to Koko Taylor, they all lived and performed in Chicago's historic Bronzeville community.
Come and relive the glory days of Bronzeville with the 47th Street Jazz and Blues Revue with Delmark recording artist Malachi Thompson's
Freebop Band featuring Dee Alexander and special guest Oscar Brown, Jr.