|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|
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 immigranted 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, switching 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 traditionally orientated musicians. The former included Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Giuffre, Booker Little, and Attila Zoller; 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.
Friedman married three times; the first two ended in divorce. He died of pancreatic cancer, at home in the Bronx on June 30, 2016. Survivors were one daughter, Lynn Adrianna Freedman, and a granddaughter, Ocean Olivo.
|Year recorded||Title||Label||Year released||Personnel|
|1961||A Day in the City||Riverside||1961||Trio, with Chuck Israels (bass), Joe Hunt (drums)|
|1961, 1985||Memories for Scotty||Insights||1988||Trio 1, with Scott LaFaro (bass), Pete LaRoca (drums).|
Trio 2, with Chuck Israels (bass), Joe Hunt (drums). Solo piano in 1985.
Trio 1 tracks were reissued by Resonance Records in 2009 on Pieces of Jade.
|1962||Circle Waltz||Riverside||1962||One track solo piano; |
other tracks trio, with Chuck Israels (bass), Pete LaRoca (drums)
|1963||Flashback||Riverside||1963||Trio, with Dick Kniss (bass), Dick Berk (drums)|
|1964||Dreams and Explorations||Riverside||1964||Quartet, with Attila Zoller (guitar), Dick Kniss (bass), Dick Berk (drums)|
|1966||Metamorphosis||Prestige||1966||Quartet, with Attila Zoller (guitar), Richard Davis (bass), Joe Chambers (drums)|
|1975||Hope for Tomorrow||East Wind||1975||Trio, with Lyn Christie (bass, electric bass), Bill Goodwin (drums)|
|1977||Jazz Dancing||Progressive||2016||Trio, with Frank Luther (bass), Ronnie Bedford (drums)|
|1978||The Progressive||Progressive||1978?||Trio, with Frank Luther (bass), Billy Hart (drums)|
|1978||Later Circle||Febbraio||1978?||Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Ronnie Bedford (drums)|
|1978||Hot Knepper and Pepper||Progressive||1978||Co-leader with Pepper Adams (baritone sax);|
with Jimmy Knepper (trombone), George Mraz (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
|1978||Invitation||Progressive||1993||Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Ronnie Bedford (drums)|
|1978||The Way We Were||Progressive||1981||Trio 1, with George Mraz (bass), Ronnie Bedford (drums). |
Trio 2, with Frank Luther (bass), Billy Hart (drums).
|1978||Love Music||Progressive||1978?||Trio, with Frank Luther (bass), Billy Hart (drums)|
|1978||The Don Friedman Trio||Progressive||1979||Trio, with Frank Luther (bass), Billy Hart (drums)|
|1979||Themes and Variations||EGO||1979||Solo piano|
|1979||Don Friedman||Swedisc||1980||Trio, Marc Johnson (bass), Heinz Lied (drums)|
|1979||Half & Half||Insights||1997||Duo, with Red Mitchell (bass)|
|1979||Avenue of The Americas||Owl||1980||Solo piano|
|1984||I Hear a Rhapsody||Stash||1985||Solo piano|
|1985||Stella by Starlight||Insights||1994||Solo piano|
|1987||Far Away Land||Break Time||1987||Co-leader duo, with Eiji Nakayama (bass)|
|1986||Sweet View: Live in Japan||Apollon||1988||Co-leader duo, with Eiji Nakayama (bass); in concert|
|1992||Opus D'Amour||Sackville||1992||Co-leader duo, with Don Thompson (bass)|
|1993||Don Friedman at Maybeck||Concord||1994||Solo piano; in concert|
|1995||Thingin'||HatART||1996||Trio, with Lee Konitz (alto sax), Attila Zoller (guitar); in concert|
|1995||Almost Everything||SteepleChase||1995||Trio, with Ron McClure (bass), Matt Wilson (drums)|
|1995||The Days of Wine and Roses||Soul Note||1996||Trio, with Marco Ricci (bass), Giampiero Prina (drums)|
|1996||Red Sky Waltz||Alfa||1996||Trio, with Santi Debriano (bass), Akira Tana (drums)|
|1996||My Romance: Solo Piano||SteepleChase||1997||Solo piano|
|1997||Prism||Abeat||1997||Trio, with Marco Ricci (bass), Stefano Bagnoli (drums)|
|1998||Match Point||TBR||2000||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 Jazz||2001||Quartet, with Andrew Cheshire (guitar), Ron McClure (bass), Joey Baron (drums)|
|1999||Standards in Cagliari||Soul Note||2003||Trio, with Jeff Fuller (bass), Tommy Bradascio (drums); in concert|
|2000||My Foolish Heart||SteepleChase||2003||Quartet, with Jed Levy (tenor sax), Tim Ferguson (bass), Tony Jefferso (drums)|
|2002||Waltz for Debby||Eighty-Eight's||2003||One track solo piano; other tracks trio, with George Mraz (bass), Lewis Nash (drums)|
|2003||Hot House||Chiaroscuro||2004||Quartet, with Tim Armacost (tenor sax), Ron McClure (bass), Tony Jefferson (drums)|
|2003||My Favorite Things||Eighty-Eight's||2004||One track solo piano; other tracks trio, with George Mraz (bass), Lewis Nash (drums)|
|2003||Timeless||Eighty-Eight's||2004||VIP Trio, with John Patitucci (bass), Omar Hakim (drums)|
|2004||Salzau Trio Live at Jazz Baltica||Skip||2005||Trio, with Martin Wind (bass), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums); in concert at Jazz Baltica|
|2005||Scarborough Fair||Eighty-Eight's||2005||VIP Trio, with Ron Carter (bass), Omar Hakim (drums)|
|2005||Piano Works VI: From A To Z||ACT||2006||Solo piano|
|2006||Moon River: New York Monologue||Eighty-Eight's||2007||Solo piano|
|2007||Waltz for Marilyn||Jazz Excursion||2007||Quartet, with Peter Bernstein (guitar), Martin Wind (bass), Tony Jefferson (drums)|
|2007||Straight Ahead||No Coast Jazz||2008||Trio, with Chuck Israels (bass), Joe Hunt (drums)|
|2008||I'd Like to Tell You||Music Center||2009||Trio, with Attilio Zanchi (bass), Tommy Bradascio (drums)|
|2008||Alone Together||Edition Longplay||2013||Co-leader piano duet with Hank Jones, plus Martin Wind (bass), Matt Wilson (drums)|
|2009||The Composer||Enja||2009||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||2010||Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Lewis Nash (drums)|
|2015||Nite Lites||Fresh Sound||2015||Trio, with Harvie S (bass), Klemens Marktl (drums)|
With Buddy Collette
With Herb Geller
With Lee Konitz
With Hank De Mano
With John Handy
With Joe Henderson
With Elvin Jones
With Don Lanphere
With Booker Little
With Charles Lloyd
With Herbie Mann
With Eiji Nakayama
With Dave Pike
With Sal Salvador Quintet
With Yuko Shigeno
With Hiromi Shimizu
With Grady Tate
With Clark Terry
With Attila Zoller
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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