BMI is saddened by the passing of one of our treasured jazz affiliates: the versatile and harmonically adventurous pianist Don Friedman. For more than six decades, Friedman played alongside jazz traditionalists like cornetist Bobby Hackett, progressive post-bop trumpeter Booker Little, Latin jazz flutist Herbie Mann and free jazz pioneers like saxophonist Ornette Coleman, among many others. Friedman was also a prolific solo artist and leader in his own right, with several of his albums earning five-star reviews from jazz outlet DownBeat. Early on, the renowned magazine also crowned him a New Star in its annual critics’ poll.
Friedman will be missed for his significant contributions to the many facets that jazz has become. He was 81.