Anyone acquainted with David Friesen's exceptional music quickly thinks of his creative universe.
Ocean-deep in his sensitivity to the human spirit, Friesen is compassionate and his music founded
on integrity and the pursuit of excellence.
He began playing the ukulele and the accordion at 10, and a guitar professionally at 16. Born in
Tacoma, Washington May 6, 1942, he was raised in Seattle. Friesen's first exposure to jazz was Slim
Gaillard in an L.A. club when he was underage and playing guitar.
At 19, while stationed with the U.S. Army in Paris, he sat in with George Arvanitas, Johnny Griffin
and Art Taylor