Don Friedman

American jazz pianist

Donald Ernest "Don" Friedman (May 4, 1935 – June 30, 2016) was an American jazz pianist. He was born in San Francisco, California.

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Don Friedman at The Kitano Jazz Lounge, September 2009
Background information
Birth nameDonald Ernest Friedman
Born(1935-05-04)May 4, 1935
San Francisco, California, United States
DiedJune 30, 2016(2016-06-30) (aged 81)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, bandleader
Associated actsPepper Adams, Booker Little, Jimmy Giuffre, Clark Terry

Friedman performed with Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Buddy DeFranco and Ornette Coleman, among others, before moving to New York. There, he led his own trio in addition to playing in Pepper Adams's, Booker Little's and Jimmy Giuffre's bands in the 1960s. He was also a part of Clark Terry's big band.

He most recently worked in New York as a pianist and jazz educator.[1] He

Friedman died on June 30, 2016 in The Bronx, New York, aged 81.[2][3]


  1. Yanow, Scott. "Don Friedman Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  2. "Don Friedman at All About Jazz". Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  3. Don Friedman (1935-2016)