Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Friedman, Joseph (Morgan)
Friedman, Joseph (Morgan), guitar; b. New York, NY, 6 March 1976. He was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He began studying guitar at age ten and was performing and recording locally throughout St. Louis by the age of thirteen. In 1990 Joseph began study at the Interlochen Arts Academy. There he received formal training studying with guitarist Bob Ferrazza. During this time of study Joseph performed with artists such as Eddie Daniels and Norman Simmons. In 1994 Joseph began study at the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. He was awarded the Deans Talent Scholarship in support to further his education. At Oberlin, Joseph continued formal studies with Bob Ferrazza in addition to Wendell Logan, Donald Walden, Neal Creque, Greg Bandy, Robin Eubanks, Peter Dominguez and Jimmy Ponder. Joseph continues to study with Rodney Jones and Paul Bollenback.
Joseph has shared the stage with George Benson, Vanessa Rubin, Winard Harper, Allen Harris, Sam Yahel, James McBride, Jay Leonhart, Mike LeDonne, Curtis Lundy, Anthony Wonsey, Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, Greg Bandy, Robin Eubanks, Giacomo Gates, Allen Harris, Wendell Logan, David Fanshawe, Robert Harris, Hugh Ragin, and many others.
Currently Joseph resides in New York City and is touring with best selling novelist, James McBride's Jazz/R+B project "The Process". A documentary on the making of this record is being made by acclaimed "Silence of The Lambs" director Jonathan Demme. Since moving to New York he has appeared in the Carnegie Hall performance "African Sanctus" written by David Fanshawe and conducted by Robert Harris. He has also appeared at Birdland with George Bensons "Tribute to Jack McDuff" as well as many other major jazz clubs in New York. He has recorded with artists and ensembles such as Greg Bandy's "Youngsung Heroes", Ron Richardson, Mel Davis, and The Urban Box Office. Joseph is currently the house guitarist with Eristopher Productions, performing the guitar tracks for upcoming records by many new artists. Joseph teaches privately at the Greenwich School of Music, does clinics for "It Ain't Easy" Productions and continues to perform in the New York City area.