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Don Friedman

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

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Don Friedman (1935-2016)

Don Friedman (1935-2016)

Don Friedman, a jazz pianist with enormous sensitivity and avant-garde curiosity who shared an introspective style similar to Bill Evans but tended to be more experimental and jagged with shades of Bud Powell in the trio and solo formats, died June 30. He was 81. Don grew up in San Francisco and studied formally starting at ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberta Piket: One for Marian

Read "One for Marian" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

In 1945, as World War II came to an end, Marian McPartland (1918-2013) moved from England to the United Sates with her then husband, trumpeter Jimmy McPartland. She had already achieved some notoriety as a pianist on radio shows and with the USO, and in the U.S., with her husband's encouragement, she found a secure niche ...

Frank Kimbrough on Newvelle: Meantime

Read "Frank Kimbrough on Newvelle: Meantime" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

With the resurgence of the LP being what it is today, it should come as no surprise that some entrepreneur would decide to establish a subscription series solely devoted to music pressed on vinyl. In an era of grassroots projects and self-starters, the time had come for such a project, a point not lost on musician ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss Is a Jazz Reality Show

Read "Mort Weiss Is a Jazz Reality Show" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La storia del jazz è ricca di drammatiche vicende umane e quella di Mort Weiss è l'ultima in ordine di tempo. Dopo quarant'anni di assenza del mondo della musica (per fatti che l'hanno condotto anche in prigione) nel 2001, all'età di 66 anni ha ripreso in mano il clarinetto e l'anno successivo ha inciso ...


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