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LMCC Grant

Ten days ago I received notice that I was awarded a Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)! The grant is for a project highlighting the dramatic changes in my Hell's Kitchen neighborhood that have contributed to the demise of the once-thriving Latin music record distributor business that existed here. This summer ZonaVibe with special legendary guests will present two concerts that will include historic information and photos about this vibrant bygone era of the neighborhood. Stay tuned!

Labor Day Festivals 2018

Just back from a whirlwind Labor Day weekend. Two highly successful ZonaVibe performances in Wisconsin! ZonaVibe with Chris Madsen, Ian Stewart, Mauricio Herrera and Diego Lopez performed at the Stevens Point Jazz Festival and the Fox Jazz Festival.

I sold lots of CDs!, made new friends, and got to reconnect with some old friends! A really great time was had by all! –Mike Freeman

An audience response:
At first I was thinking where’s the piano player. But as soon as you started playing I realized you don’t need one, and the listener doesn’t miss it! I’ve never heard a vibe player playing piano montunos. Everything was so together, that was fantastic! –Audience member, Fox Jazz Festival, WI

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, 2016 is here! Things are moving into place for a promotion push. Blue Tjade is up here, at cdBaby, iTunes, Spotify (I made 10 cents there so far!), and making it's way to all the other online stores. –Mike Freeman

Summer 2013

Hello all, I put up a new Mike Freeman ZonaVibe Facebook page starting with some nice photos from last weeks gig at Abe Lebewohl Park. The page is here the photo album can be found here

Enjoy!!! –Mike Freeman

2013 is here!

OK, Happy New Year! 2012 had some positive things happen for "The Vibesman" and now 2013 is here!

Coming up next month Mike Freeman ZonaVibe at Long Island's Winterfest, Jazz on the Vine. We'll be performing at Wolffer Estate Saturday February 23rd, 6pm. I'd say jazz and wine go well together! –Mike Freeman

Moving on

Although a Grammy nomination would have great, I'm very happy with the overall response to CD and thanks to those who supported it! I''ve spent the past couple of months writing some new music. Looking forward to locking in some work for the group and moving onto the next project!

Thanks again to one and all! –Mike Freeman

The VIbesman - Grammy Awards

Dear Friends and colleagues Mike Freeman ZonaVibe "The Vibesman" is in the pre-nomination round of the Grammy Awards - "Best Latin Jazz Album". Our music will be made available to the voting membership upon request.  We thank you for your consideration!

Congrats to all!

—Mike Freeman

JazzWeek Chart

The Vibesman has been on Jazzweeks chart for 5 weeks and is now at #27! –Mike Freeman

Top seller at elWatusi

The Vibesman is a top selling album along with having two top selling tracks at http://www.elwatusi.com/! –Mike Freeman
CD baby top selling Latin recordings 2011


The Vibesman has been hitting radio airwaves across the country and has also received sales from around the world! A first for me is that it's been entered into the pre-nomination round of the Latin Grammy's (LARAS)!

Here's some behind the scenes video of The Vibesman recording session!
Part1 http://youtu.be/k3KayzSP3bA
Part2 http://youtu.be/aFNOPLyDuvU
Part3 http://youtu.be/huIMd8XEUmI

–Mike Freeman

Latin Beat

Latinbeat Magazine Column
By Nelson Rodríguez
Latinbeat Review Photo of Mike Freeman at LaFonda Boricua

Veteran Mike Freeman -leading the band Zona Vibe- produced the CD "The Vibesman", which features Rubén Rodríguez, Papo Pepín, and Harry Adorno, plus special guests Mauricio Smith Jr., Julio Salgado & Jim Gailloreto. You'll enjoy my favorite tracks -"Jigsaw Puzzle", "Vibe Descarga", "Drifting", "Lucky Seven", "So Long, Just Walking By", "Too Groovy", and "Blue." –Mike Freeman

CD Baby Top Albums

I had to smile when I saw this! –Mike Freeman

The Vibesman with Ralph Irizarry on cd Baby

First Review

The first review of "The Vibesman" is in. Enjoy!
All About Jazz Review

–Mike Freeman

The Vibesman

The Vibesman cd cover

There was a long delay (technical issues) but The Vibesman has arrived! Project backers should be seeing it soon, followed by radio programmers and press people! It's also on it's way to CD Baby (followed by iTunes and other download sites). Look for it here or there soon! –Mike Freeman

We Made It!

!!!! Break out the champagne!!!! We made it. A huge thank-you to everyone who jumped on board, went along for the ride, and/or put up with this new funding adventure. We're looking forward to sharing some more good vibes in the not-too-distant future! Thanks, MF –Mike Freeman

Kickstarter Final Week!

Hello all and Happy New Year!

There's one week left to become a part of ZonaVibe's next recording! We must reach our goal by Jan. 23rd or lose the pledges we've been fortunate enough to receive thus far. So we're ratcheting up our funding efforts. 

See updates post #4 video from ZonaVibe's power trio New Years Eve (with Ruben Rodriguez and Papo Pepin)! We hope you'll learn about the project, become a part of it (by pre-ordering our next recording), and/or help spread the word!  

Enjoy the video and pre-order now.


Mike Freeman ZonaVibe Kickstarter Project

–Mike Freeman

Kickstarter Project 2

***For Immediate Release***
31 Days left to fund our next recording.
Help us reach our goal!
Mike Freeman ZonaVibe Kickstarter Project

–Mike Freeman

Kickstarter Project

***For Immediate Release***

It's time to let everyone know about the launch of our Kickstarter Project (we're venturing into the brave new world of internet funding). I hope you'll learn about the project, become a part of it, and/or help spread the word!

Enjoy the video.


–Mike Freeman