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Derrick Freeman

Derrick Freeman -- a drummer, singer, rapper and producer -- is originally from Houston, TX and is on the precipice of a new movement of New Orleans music. He refined his skills under the tutelage of Mr. Ellis Marsalis and Mr. Harold Batiste at the University of New Orleans, while simultaneously learning the in's and out's of the New Orleans brass band culture in the historical Treme neighborhood. He soon began playing and touring worldwide with Kermit Ruffins and The BBQ Swingers, then joined Coolbone, a New Orleans hip-hop brass band that toured with groups such as Camp Lo, Spearhead, Wyclef Jean, Ben Harper, and David Byrne. Back in New Orleans, he concentrated on writing and producing in such bands as Mass Hysteria, All That and Cronk. Cronk quickly became one of the most popular groups in New Orleans. From 2000 to 2002, Cronk toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada, playing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2001 and 2002 and headlined at the French Quarter Festival in 2002. After the break-up of Cronk, Freeman briefly toured with Carlos Washington and Giant People. Freeman played with several New Orleans based groups such as Idletime and Dimorphadon. In 2002 he also rekindled his relationship with DJ Droo and started Wasted Nation, a freaked out Drum n' Bass group. In 2004 Freeman rejoined Kermit Ruffins and The BBQ Swingers and still performs with them today. In addition, he currently plays with Sir Funk-a-Lot, Corey Henry, Jimbo Mathus, and Jonathan Freilich. Freeman is currently releasing his first solo record, "It Is What It Is" with his group "Smoker's World".

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