Don Friedman at the Kitano Jazz Lounge, September 2009
|Birth name||Donald Ernest Friedman|
|Born||May 4, 1935|
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Died||June 30, 2016 (aged 81)|
The Bronx, New York
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, bandleader|
|Associated acts||Pepper Adams, Booker Little, Jimmy Giuffre, Clark Terry|
Donald Ernest Friedman (May 4, 1935 – June 30, 2016) was an American jazz pianist. He began playing in Los Angeles and moved to New York in 1958. In the 1960s, he played with both modern stylists and more traditional musicians.
Friedman was born on May 4, 1935, in San Francisco. Both of his parents were immigrants to the United States: his father, Edward Friedman, was from Lithuania, and his mother, Alma Loew, was from Germany. He began playing the piano at the age of four. He switched from classical music to jazz after his family moved to Los Angeles when he was fifteen. His early jazz piano influence was Bud Powell. Friedman briefly studied composition at Los Angeles City College.
Later life and career
Friedman moved to New York permanently in 1958. In the 1960s, Friedman played with both modern jazz and more traditional or popular musicians. The former included Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Giuffre, and Booker Little; the latter included Bobby Hackett and Herbie Mann. Frieman's first album as a leader was A Day in the City, in 1961. Some of his early albums received top ratings from DownBeat, which also gave him its critics' poll New Star award. He was also an educator in New York. He had many fans in Japan.
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|1961||A Day in the City||Riverside||Trio, with Chuck Israels (bass), Joe Hunt (drums)|
|1962||Circle Waltz||Riverside||One track solo piano; other tracks trio, with Chuck Israels (bass), Pete LaRoca (drums)|
|1963||Flashback||Riverside||Trio, with Dick Kniss (bass), Dick Berk (drums)|
|1964||Dreams and Explorations||Riverside||Quartet, with Attila Zoller (guitar), Dick Kniss (bass), Dick Berk (drums)|
|1966||Metamorphosis||Prestige||Quartet, with Attila Zoller (guitar), Richard Davis (bass), Joe Chambers (drums)|
|1975||Hope for Tomorrow||East Wind||Trio, with Lyn Christie (bass, electric bass), Bill Goodwin (drums)|
|1978||Hot Knepper and Pepper||Progressive||Quintet, with Pepper Adams (baritone sax), Jimmy Knepper (trombone), George Mraz (bass), Billy Hart (drums)|
|1984||I Hear a Rhapsody||Stash||Solo piano|
|1993||Don Friedman at Maybeck||Concord||Solo piano; in concert|
|1978||Invitation||Progressive||Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Ronnie Bedford (drums)|
|1992||Opus D'Amour||Sackville||Duo, with Don Thompson (bass)|
|1995||Thingin'||HatART||Trio, with Lee Konitz (alto sax), Attila Zoller (guitar); in concert|
|1995||Almost Everything||SteepleChase||Trio, with Ron McClure (bass), Matt Wilson (drums)|
|1996||Red Sky Waltz||Alfa||Trio, with Santi Debriano (bass), Akira Tana (drums)|
|1996||My Romance: Solo Piano||SteepleChase||Solo piano|
|1997||Prism||Abeat||Trio, with Marco Ricci (bass), Stefano Bagnoli (drums)|
|1998||Match Point||TBR||Most tracks quartet, with Tom Butts (tenor sax), Gary Mazzaroppi (bass), Frank Ferreri (drums); two tracks quintet, with Alyse Levy (vocals) added|
|1999||Attila's Dreams||Ephemeris||Quartet, with Andrew Cheshire (guitar), Ron McClure (bass), Joey Baron (drums)|
|1999||Standards in Cagliari||Soul Note||Trio, with Jeff Fuller (bass), Tommy Bradascio (drums)|
|2000||My Foolish Heart||SteepleChase||Quartet, with Jed Levy (tenor sax), Tim Ferguson (bass), Tony Jefferso (drums)|
|2002||Waltz for Debby||441||One track solo piano; other tracks trio, with George Mraz (bass), Lewis Nash (drums)|
|2003||Hot House||Chiaroscuro||Quartet, with Tim Armacost (tenor sax), Ron McClure (bass), Tony Jefferson (drums)|
|2003||My Favorite Things||441||One track solo piano; other tracks trio, with George Mraz (bass), Lewis Nash (drums)|
|2003||Timeless||Village||Trio, with John Patitucci (bass), Omar Hakim (drums)|
|2004||Salzau Trio Live at Jazz Baltica||Skip||Trio, with Martin Wind (bass), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums); in concert|
|2005||Scarborough Fair||Eighty-Eights||Trio, with Ron Carter (bass), Omar Hakim (drums)|
|2005||Piano Works VI||ACT||Solo piano|
|2006||Moon River: New York Monologue||Eighty-Eight's||Solo piano|
|2007||Waltz for Marilyn||Jazz Excursion||Quartet, with Peter Bernstein (guitar), Martin Wind (bass), Tony Jefferson (drums)|
|2007||Straight Ahead||No Coast Jazz||Trio, with Chuck Israels (bass), Joe Hunt (drums)|
|2008||I'd Like to Tell You||Music Center||Trio, with Attilio Zanchi (bass), Tommy Bradascio (drums)|
|2009||The Composer||Enja||With Gary Smulyan (baritone sax), Martin Wind (bass), Joe LaBarbera (drums), Gerður Gunnarsdóttir and Elfa Run Kristinsdóttir (violin), Martin Stupka (viola), Stephan Braun (cello)|
|2010||Circle Waltz 21C||Eighty-Eight's||Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Lewis Nash (drums)|
With Buddy Collette
With John Handy
With Joe Henderson
With Elvin Jones
With Don Lanphere
With Booker Little
With Charles Lloyd
With Herbie Mann
- Herbie Mann Live at Newport (Atlantic, 1963)
- My Kinda Groove (Atlantic, 1964)
- Our Mann Flute (Atlantic, 1966)
- The Beat Goes On (Atlantic, 1967)
With Dave Pike
With Clark Terry
With Attila Zoller
- The Horizon Beyond (1965)
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- Yanow, Scott. "Don Friedman". AllMusic. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
- "Don Friedman at All About Jazz". Archived from the original on May 5, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
- Don Friedman (1935-2016) Archived July 2, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.