Born: July 29, 1954 Primary Instrument: Piano
After a stint at Ohio University playing the conga drums in the Jazz ensemble, I transferred to Berklee in Boston. That's where I met some really great musician's and started to see where my place was in music. One of my close friends at Berklee, Steve McCraven, was studying drums. He heard me play both the piano and the drums and said forget the drums, stick to piano, and that's what I did.
I studied piano with Ray Santisi and formed an electric jazz-fusion group in Boston. We moved to western Massachusetts and made some incredible music for a couple of years. Very spontaneous, highly improvisational. The group went their separate ways and I ended-up back in Cleveland where it all started. Living in Cleveland for the past 30 years I have had the pleasure to perform with many fantastic musician's. A partial, and ever-expanding list follows.
Terrence Blanchard Mario Rivera Dave Valentin Eddie Henderson Azar Lawrence Greg Bandy Sean Jones Kenny Davis Jamey Haddad Eddie Baccus Jr. Avery Sharpe Ernie Krivda Steve McCraven Michael Gregroy Freddie Hendrix Joe Fonda Bob McKee Stevie Neal Jack Shantz Peter Dominguez Sammy De Leon Bobby Selvaggio Paul Samuels Kip Reed Ray Porrello Demetrius Steinmetz Al Krassel Vea Williams Helen Welch Ed McEachen Tom Knific David Snyder Ray Guzman Evelyn Wright Dave Sterner Chistopher Burge Val Kent Bob Esterly John Klayman Kurt Felgenmaker Glenn Holmes Glenn Davis Chink Stevenson Ralph Carney Rob Smiley Bill DeArango Tony Pulizzi Mark Gridley Chuck Brahman David Certain Brandon Ross Fernanda Cunha Aaron Kleinstub Dallas Coffey Kurt Felgenmaker Kurt Kotheimer Martin Greenberg Matt Perko Gary Aprille Dan Balaze Marc Better Marty Block Robert Booker Ron Busch Matt Charbeneau Aaron Fletcher Ron Godale Fred Goodnight George Lee Beau Lisy Dave Morgan Cedric Napolean Francois Roland David Spondike Brad Wagner Stevie Woods
Going My Way?
Tracks: Not Quite Yet; Brigas Nunca Mais; One For the Man; Love Is All We Know; My Romance; Some Bluesy Thing; Fallswater; Wave; Cinque Stelle; The Funkifier; Going My Way; 7Notemode; Giant Steps.
Personnel: Roger Friedman: Piano
Matt Perko: Drums
Kip Reed: Electric Bass
Marty Greenberg: Acoustic Bass
As A Side Musician
Dave Sterner Quintet
Personnel: Dave Sterner: Alto Sax
Chris Burge: tenor Sax
Roger Friedman: Piano
Kurt Felgenmaker: Bass
Ray Porrello: Drums
Beau Lisy: Percussion
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students