Steven J. Freeman
Musician, Translator, Teacher, College Admissions Officer
Steven J. Freeman, 64 of Morristown, NJ passed away on November 3rd, 2011 after living with cancer for many years.
Steve grew up in Springfield, NJ and graduated from Drew University with a B.A in German and received M.A in Linguistics at Georgetown University. He taught German at Bernards High School, Bernardsville, NJ then at Drew University, Madison, NJ for over 20 years where he also worked as an admissions counselor. His seminar offering at Drew University championed second amendment rights and he also translated scientific periodicals and texts. He lived in Morristown, with his wife Dian for the past 25 years.
Steve was a much in demand bassist in the New Jersey jazz community. On many nights he could be found at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, NJ where, in September 2010 he was honored with a tribute celebrating his musical life. He has performed at the NJ Jazzfest and has recorded several CDs with Grover Kemble, Carrie Jackson and other musicians. He was featured in an August 2009 Star Ledger article entitled “Jumpin’ Jersey Jazz- Morristown bassist Freeman anchors swinging trio.” His other hobbies included national competitive side-arm marksmanship and fencing.
Steven is predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Bernice Freeman. He is survived by his wife Dian, his brothers Allen Freeman and wife Jane and Art Freeman and his wife Margret.