The music world is in mourning this week after it was revealed that versatile jazz pianist Don Friedman died on June 30 at his home in the Bronx, New York. He was 81 years-old.
According to The New York Times, Friedman’s wife Marilyn confirmed his death and said the cause was pancreatic cancer. Known for his crisp, fluid technique and an adventurous approach to harmony, Friedman worked for decades with trumpeter Clark Terry and commingled with pioneers of free jazz like the alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Friedman was celebrated in the music world for effortlessly moving between the modern-jazz mainstream and the more volatile jazz avant-garde.
Born in 1935 in San Francisco to immigrant parents, Friedman was 15 years-old when he moved to Los Angeles, where he discovered jazz. His career spanned nearly seven decades, and he will be dearly missed.