Janice Friedman

Janice Friedman

BandJazz

Accessible, swinging, accomplished Jazz pianist and vocalist who performs original material and standards.

Biography

Janice Friedman is a musician who wears many hats. She is as comfortable playing solo piano as she is working with a big band. She is an accompanist in demand among instrumentalists and vocalists alike. She is seasoned, with a long list of achievements including appearances in every state of the union and practically all around the world. She is gifted, making compelling music in any style from traditional to modern and, on top of all that, she is well loved by the many musicians that call her a friend.

Now, with her new recording, “Swingin’ for the Ride”, Janice has introduced herself as a vocalist of note, receiving accolades from musicians and music lovers alike. Her composing, lyric writing and arranging are all showcased on this CD. Upon hearing the CD, David Nui from Shanghai Jazz called immediately to say “I love this CD.” The folks from radio stations around the world have been writing in with comments like “Fantastic album” and “Thank you for giving me the chance to play this CD” and “I love this.”

Janice has made her living entirely in the music world for over two decades. She has performed in countless jazz festivals in both the USA and Europe. After performing at the JVC Jazz Festival, NY Times Jazz Critic, John Wilson, hailed her playing as the highlight of the program. He wrote that her “explosive … piano playing carries the aura and variety of a big band.”

The list of people with whom Janice has played reads like a Who’s Who of the Jazz World. A few examples include: being a guest on Marian McPartland’s radio broadcast, “Piano Jazz.” Marian, who asked Janice to join her on a number of concerts around the US, regarded Janice’s musicianship as one “with a distinctive touch.” Janice has recorded with such different musicians as Milt Hinton, Warren Vache’, Claudio Roditi, and Judi Silvano. She has been one of the few women ever to tour with the great Woody Herman Orchestra. The list of folks that she has performed with is ever growing.

Janice has played in the most famous of concert halls and notable clubs from Carnegie Hall and the JFK Arts Center to the Blue Note and Iridium. In the past 6 months alone, she has performed at Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Sweet Rhythm and Iridium in New York City and has wowed audiences from Japan to New Jersey and from Italy to Florida.

In summary, Janice Friedman has a unique combination of skill, experience and craftsmanship coupled with an infectious joy of music and life. Give a listen and it will put a smile on your face.

Discography

Swingin' For The Ride, CD, 2007
Triptych, CD, 1998
Finger Paintings, CD, 1993

Set List

Standards
Jazz Tunes
Brazilian Tunes
Originals
More poppish or classicalish things done in a Jazz way