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Friedman, Jeff (Jeffrey Allen)

Friedman, Jeff (Jeffrey Allen), composer, guitarist, educator; b. Miami Beach, FL, 6 May 1957. He grew up in North Miami, Florida. His was father was Milton Friedman (b. NYC, 12/2/20-d. 11/23/81) and his mother is Reba Lee Freidman (maiden name Schainberg, b. Brooklyn, NY, 12/24/33). He has two siblings, Barry Charles Friedman b. 10/4/58 in North Miami, Florida) and Sharon Ivy Camora (born 9/11/66, in North Miami, Florida). He is married to Sasja Lucas, (b.1954). They have a son, Myles Tallen Lucas Friedman (b. 1991) and a daughter, Kiah Brejan Sorren Friedman (b. 1998).
From 1975-79, he attended Berklee College of Music. He studied composition and arranging with Herb Pomery, Michael Gibbs, Phil Wilson, Tony Germaine, Ken Pullig, John Bavicchi, Alan Hovey, and Thomas Oboe Lee. He studied conducting with George Monseur and David Callahan. He studied guitar with Jim Kelly and Larry Sinibaldi.

In 1979 he received a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music, where he's currently a Professor of Jazz Composition. In his twenty plus years as a teacher at Berklee, Jeff has worked with many notable alums, including Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, Gene Jackson, Mark Ledford, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Wallace Roney, Frank Lacy, and Melissa Etheridge, among others. Jeff has also taught at the New England Conservatory, served as a guest artist the jazz orchestras at Harvard and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and conducted master classes in jazz composition at Brown University.

Jeff has performed as a guitarist with many bands, including Sons of Sappho, Ramcat, Bentmen, and his own jazz, blues, and rock bands. Special mention should be made of Sons of Sappho, a progressive "rock" band formed in the early eighties, which included vocalist Scott Getchell (currently of Lars Vegas), and Xtrawatt/ECM recording artist Steve Weisberg. Carla Bley produced several recordings for Sons of Sappho in 1985, which eventually led to Jeff's becoming Carla's orchestrater, copyist, and editor.

Jeff also performed frequently with Eric Mingus, who appears on Slo & Lo. Beside performing his guitar arrangements on Eric's first solo recording, Um...Er...Uh..., Jeff has performed live with Eric's trio at various top NYC venues, such as the Knitting Factory, and throughout Italy. A highlight of the '00 Italian tour was the trio's performance on RAI (the Italian counterpart to NPR), to a national audience of seven million listeners.
As a composer, arranger, and/or orchestrater, Jeff's professional associations have included Carla Bley, Michael Mantler, Steve Swallow, Karl Berger, Jack Bruce, Joe Lovano, Herb Pomeroy, Phil Wilson, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Knepper, Gerry Mulligan, Alvin Batiste, Bobby Shew, J.J. Johnson, Steve Lacy, Randy Weston and Max Roach, among others.

Of particular note is Jeff's 1997 re-orchestration of the Carla Bley/Paul Haines opera Escalator Over The Hill. EOTH first appeared on record in 1972, but had never been performed live. In addition to preparing the music for live presentation, Jeff was invited to participate as Carla's assistant for the work's premiere at the 1997 MusikTriennale Festival, in Koln, Germany. Among the performing participants were poet/librettist Paul Haines, Phil Minton, Syd Straw, David Moss, Linda Sharrock, Lew Soloff, Gary Valente, Wolfgang Pushnig, Andy Sheppard, Julian Arguelles, Karen Mantler, Steve Swallow and Brad Shepik. EOTH also toured Europe, with a similar cast, in the summer of 1998.

Jeff has also written extensively for the college jazz ensembles of Harvard, MIT, Boston Univer-sity, Brandies, Tufts, University of Mass, Amherst, and Brown. Notably, Jeff's arrangements and compositions, including special commissions, have been featured for over 20 years in many of Harvard's annual visiting artist residencies.

Slo & Lo (2003)
As sideperson:
Sly & Robbie: Rhythm Killers (1987); Karl Berger: The Bird (1987); Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet: The Walkman (1987); Hal Wilner: Lost In The Stars (1988); Michael Mantler: Many Have No Speech (1988); Carla Bley: Orchestra Jazz Siciliana Play The Music Of Carla Bley (1988); Bentmen: Boston Does The Beatles (1988), Gross Santa's Yuletide Favorites (1990), Use Of The Headlock Dummy (1989), Magicroom (1992), Patient Zero (1998); Brown University Jazz Band (1998); Eric Mingus: Ah...Er...Um... (2000)

Radio and television broadcasts:
Numerous radio appearances, both interviews and performances, throughout New England (1978 - present), and in Italy (2000). 

Unissued recordings:
'81 - 87: Many hours of live/studio with Sons of Sappho.
'82 - 92: Many hours of live/studio with Bentmen. Many live videos as well.
'89 - 90: 2 hours of live recordings of the Jeff Friedman quartet.
'78 - 83: 15 hours of live recordings of the Jeff Friedman Orchestra (10 piece big band).
'79 - present: Many hours of recorded compositions performed by numerous college big bands, including the jazz ensembles of Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Brandeis,Tufts, University of Mass, Amherst, and Brown.
'86 - present: Many hours recorded compositions performed by Berklee faculty bands.

Features and interviews on the Internet:
Jazz Artists, A-Z Albums CD 's Tapes For Sale...
Berklee today - Fall 1999 - Faculty Notes
Jazz Artist in Residence - Office for the Arts
Harvard Jazz Band
Guitar Instructors
Translated version of http://www.ecn.org/circ...
Translated version of http://www.ecn.org/circ...
Michael's Jazz Page
Translated version of http://www.souzalima.co...
SHINOLA--Music Reviews
Translated version of http://www.allaboutjazz...
Guillermo Klein artist biography - theiceberg
Bass Drum Journal 2001: Text
Duke Ellington Bibliography
Randy Weston, Spectrum April 1999
Jazz in the Sanctuary Concert Series
The JAZZ Discography - by Tom Lord
Duke Picture  Sidebar
Biography - Carla Bley
the Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra: Info
Such sweet thunder
Berklee today - Spring 2001 - Faculty Notes
Translated version of http://www.ecn.org/circ...
The Connection
Translated version of http://www.escola-estud...

Contact information:
web: www.jeffsmusik.com
e-mail: SloAndLo@jeffsmusik.com
Phone: (617)747-8182

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