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Don Friedman

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: May 4, 1935    

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....
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  • Don Friedman: Waltz For Marilyn

    Jazz Excursion Records
    2007
  • Waltz for Marilyn

    Jazz Excursion Records
    2007
  • Piano Works VI: From A To Z

    ACT Music
    2006
  • Live at JazzBaltica

    Skip Records
    2005
  • My Favorite Things

    441 Records
    2004
  • Waltz For Debby

    441 Records
    2003
  • My Foolish Heart

    SteepleChase Records
    2003
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