Sharon Freeman is a jazz pianist and French hornist. She also writes musical arrangements.
Freeman played French horn for the jazz opera Escalator over the Hill, Gil Evans's 1973 album Svengali, and in 1983 she worked on a piece of jazz Christmas music. Since 1982 she is a member of Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, of which she is the current Musical Director. She recently can be heard on the LMO's anti-Iraq-war jazz album Not in Our Name Freeman has also worked and recorded with further jazz greats such as Frank Foster, Charles Mingus, Don Cherry, Muhal Richard Abrams, David Murray, and Lionel Hampton. She has also been musical director for Don Pullen and for Beaver Harris 360 Musical Experience.
Freeman was nominated for a Grammy for her arrangement of Monk's Mood for five French horns and rhythm section for Hal Willners album, Thats the Way I Feel Now: A Tribute to Thelonious Monk. She has been commissioned by the Jazz Composer's Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Harlem Piano Trio. She has been cited by Jazz Times as the top-rated established jazz French horn player.
With Charlie Haden
- The Ballad of the Fallen (ECM, 1982)
- The Montreal Tapes: Liberation Music Orchestra (Verve, 1989 )
- Not in Our Name (Verve, 2004)
- Leslie Gourse, Madame Jazz. Oxford University Press. New York 1995. ISBN 0-19-508696-1