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Don Friedman

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Don Friedman was born May 4, 1935, in San Francisco. His parents loved classical music and they owned a piano. Under their guidance, Don started playing at age four. He began lessons at five with a private teacher named Katherine Swint. Though he had no exposure to jazz at this time Don taught himself to improvise. When he was 15, his family moved to the San Fernando Valley in Greater Los Angeles. Two years later he began to head regularly for the Hollywood Palladium to hear the bands of Les Brown, Stan Kenton and Billy May. That fueled his love for jazz. Kenton soloists Lee Konitz, Conte Condoli, and Frank Rossolino inspired Don as he transformed his focus from classical music to jazz. Don studied jazz at Los Angeles City College and also on his own by playing along with records of Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Miles Davis

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This Could Be The Start Of Something Big! - Clark Terry Plays TV Themes

Label: April 1 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: This Could Be The Start Of Something Big; I Dream Of Jeannie; Get Smart; Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless); Peter Gunn; The Name Of The Game; Meet The Flintstones; The Rockford Files; plus many more.

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Article: Album Review

Clark Terry: This Could Be The Start Of Something Big! - Clark Terry Plays TV Themes

Read "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big! - Clark Terry Plays TV Themes" reviewed by Ken Dryden


The late NEA Jazz Master Clark Terry was known for his brilliant playing and sense of humor, the latter which first came into wide recognition when he introduced his “Mumbles" routine in two original blues on the album Oscar Peterson Trio + 1—Clark Terry (Mercury, 1964). By the early 1970s, he was well established and had ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "George Coleman: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Born in Memphis, Tennessee, saxophonist George Coleman cut his teeth in local rhythm and blues bands and made his first recording, aged twenty, with B.B. King in 1955. That year he switched from alto to tenor, because King already had an alto player; but Coleman has continued to play the alto from time to time and, ...

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News: Video / DVD

Attila Zoller and Don Friedman

Attila Zoller and Don Friedman

Attila Zoller is another guitarist who's fame has unfairly faded with time among jazz fans. Like guitarist Gabor Szabo, Zoller was a Hungarian refugee who escaped Soviet invasion. He found his way to Austria in 1948 and moved to the U.S. in 1959 to perform, record and teach. He also had enormous influence over the jazz ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 1

Read "My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 1" reviewed by Chuck Israels


Bassist and composer, Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family. Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and The Weavers were visitors to his home and the appearance of Louis Armstrong's All Stars in a concert series produced by his parents in 1948 gave Chuck his first opportunity to meet and hear jazz musicians. Chuck studied the cello ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Aaron Goldberg, John Coltrane and more

Read "Aaron Goldberg, John Coltrane and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week's episode of Neon Jazz opens with At the Edge of the World, the latest album by gifted New York City-based jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg. During the rest of the episode we feature music ranging from the feisty veteran Betty Carter to the richly talented Kansas City saxophonist Ernest Melton from his highly anticipated album ...

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Article: Album Review

Brittany Anjou: Enamiĝo Reciprokataj

Read "Enamiĝo Reciprokataj" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


There's a fascinating disjunction shaping the work of pianist Brittany Anjou. In one bend of being, her endeavors reflect extreme faith in the concept of catholicity. As a student of Esperanto--the “universal language" devised by Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof in the late 19th century--and a musician warmly embracing an ecumenical approach, open lines and the ability ...

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Article: Year in Review

2016: The Year in Jazz

Read "2016: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...

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News: Obituary

Passings: Friedman, Jones, Thompson

Passings: Friedman,  Jones, Thompson

The generations move on. It’s a sad part of an observer’s task to acknowledge the deaths of musicians who made important contributions. Pianist Don Friedman died of pancreatic cancer at home in New York City on June 30. He was 81. Friedman was treasured by fellow musicians for the subtlety and strength of his support as ...


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