Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

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.

Read more

12 Photos

Albums

Waltz for Marilyn
Waltz for Marilyn
Jazz Excursion Records
2007
buy
Piano Works VI: From A To Z
Piano Works VI: From...
ACT Music
2006
buy
Live at JazzBaltica
Live at JazzBaltica
Skip Records
2005
buy
My Favorite Things
My Favorite Things
441 Records
2004
buy
Waltz For Debby
Waltz For Debby
441 Records
2003
buy
My Foolish Heart
My Foolish Heart
SteepleChase Records
2003
buy

Videos

Similar

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.