David Friesen

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2018-05-30

I love jazz because of its freedom and harmonic and melodic beauty… the rhythms and the chance of self expression, to be unique. I was first exposed to jazz when I was five years old listening to a boogie woogie pianist playing in my home. The best show I ever attended was playing opposite and listening to John Coltrane and his quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmie Garrison, Elvin Jones in Seattle, WA in the '60s. Some of the early jazz records I purchased were Sonny Rollins Our Man in Jazz, Wes Montgomery Movin’ Along, Bill Evans Live at the Village Vanguard and Waltz For Debbie. My advice to new listeners: listen without trying to intellectualize… let the music take you on a journey. Listen to the lines being played by the soloist… hear the melodies… listen to the feeling.

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