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David Friesen

Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Born: May 6, 1942    

A cursory glance through the vast discography of double bassist David Friesen reads like a 'Who's Who' of Jazz. With an excess of fifty recordings as either leader or co-leader and countless sessions, David has played with far too many artists to list, but randomly pulling a few names out of the hat would give such players as Ralph Towner, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Paul Horn and Mal Waldron.

Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1942, David began his life of music at the age of ten with Accordion and ukulele, before moving on to guitar professionally at sixteen. It was a while later that David became addicted to the double bass, and I began our conversation by asking him what turned him onto the instrument....
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Awards

Listed on a recent Jazz Bass Survey by jazz educators as one of the 24 most influential bassists in the history of jazz.

Inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame at the first induction ceremony Sept. 2007

Most Valuable Musician, Monterey Jazz Festival 1977

Winner, DownBeat Critics' Poll: Bass Violin TDW

Voted One of Ten New Super Stars for the '80's, Japan Swing Journal

Four 5-Star Album Reviews - DownBeat

Served on the NEA panel for Jazz applications in Washington, D.C. 1983

Through the Listening Glass', Inner City Records, Voted By Los Angeles Examiner as one of the ten best jazz albums of the decade for the '70's.

Cover feature Jazz Times Magazine 1987

David Friesen has written two musical scores for animated shorts, both of which were Academy Award nominees.

Recipient of Three NEA Jazz Performance Grants.

Nominated best Jazz Bassist, American Jazz Awards 1997

"Four To Go" chosen as one of the five best Jazz CD's for 1996/Jazz Times Critics' Picks Poll

"The Name of a Woman" chosen as one of the five best Jazz CD's for 2001/Jazz Times Critics' Picks Poll

"The Name of a Woman" chosen as 4th best Jazz import of the year in Japan by Swing Journal Jazz Magazine

David Friesen has written two books published by Hal Leonard Publishers: "Departure" "Years Through Time"

2000 Editors' Winner/Best Jazz Musician/City Search Best of Portland

Inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame at the first induction ceremony Sept. 2007

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    Where The Light Falls


    2014
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    Brilliant Heart


    2013
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    Circle of Three


    2011
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    Vanishing the Darkness


    2009
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    Made With Friends

    Cristal Records
    2007
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    Connection

    Cristal Records
    2006
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    Christmas At Woodstock

    Cristal Records
    2006
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Where The Light Falls

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”Once in a great while, a musician emerges with such authority and such seemingly effortless originality that his place in the front ranks of his instrument is unquestioned. So it is with David.” —Nat Hentoff

”David Friesen is doing for the bass what Pythagoras did for triangles.” —Patrick Hinely/Jazz Magazine

”Bassist David Friesen is a Phenomenon, a player whose musicianship, tone, time and imagination are uncategorizable.” —Nat Hentoff

”One of the most eminent exponents of the instrument, he maintains an astonishing level of virtuosity.” —Leonard Feather/Los Angeles Times

”David Friesen's music is extremely complex while retaining a simple beauty, it's liltingly melodic, full of open space, and refreshingly peaceful.” —Lee Hildebrand/San Francisco Music Express

”Anyone who was lucky enough to see David Friesen live on stage, who could see how he bends in near contemplation over his unique instrument which has been manufactured in Austria, how he strikes the strings with his left(!) hand in order to drum complex rhythms on the body of the instrument with his right hand, now begins to understand: A creative search has come to its destination with great feeling...

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Primary InstrumentBass, acoustic

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundDavid Friesen is now accepting bass students for lessons and students on any instrument for workshops. Goals of the Lessons and Workshops The lessons and workshops offer hope, encouragement, eliminate fears, improve technical skills and establish confidence in the student's musical life style. Each student will gain self respect and confidence in their playing and will be a more musical player with more depth. The intent is to help broaden the student's ability and vision of music by explaining: What to Practice How to organize a practice schedule Practice techniques Composing How to reveal the special qualities and uniqueness of each individual student/musician Overcoming fears while playing music Establishing confidence How to listen and what to listen for Strengthening the time feel How to participate in a small group format, where the music becomes the focus of attention rather than the individual Purpose and Commitment

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