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Freund began playing the accordion as a child, switching to tenor saxophone after the end of World War II. Early in the postwar era he played with Joe Quitter, Carlo Bohlander, Gerry Weinkopf, Joe Klimm, and Jutta Hipp, then formed his own ensemble. He began performing with American musicians, including Donald Byrd, Art Taylor, and Doug Watkins, during their European festival appearances. He played with, and arranged for, Albert Mangelsdorff in the jazz orchestra of Hessischer Rundfunk and Erwin Lehn in the Süddeutscher Rundfunk orchestra. He played with the Frankfurt Jazz Ensemble on soprano saxophone in the 1970s, also performing as a leader around this time.
- Heidi Boulton, "Joki Freund". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edn.
- Freund's works catalogued in the German National Library
- Joki Freund Sextet discography at Discogs
- Joki Freund at AllMusic
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