Feature CD Of The Week: Janice Friedman's "Live At Kitano"
For Release: April 19, 2015
Review by Malvin Massey, Jr., 4/19/2015
The Feature CD of the Week is by Janice Friedman, and its title is Live At Kitano. Friedman is a dedicated jazz pianist and jazz lover.
She grew up in the Bronx during a time when jazz was in one of its most popular eras.
Her mother was a jazz pianist, and says that from 5 years old she was playing piano,
or hanging out under the piano as she played.
Friedman feels lucky to have been born into a family of serious jazz lovers. She listened
to Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and the like.
Janice studied music theory and Classical music while still a child, and started teaching
piano lessons at age 12. She continues to teach both privately and at Rutgers University,
where she has been on the faculty since 1993.
Friedman has played for Broadway productions, arranged music for many various projects,
all the while performing in the New York jazz scene. On this, her latest album, Janice
is in a trio setting in one of the most trendy jazz clubs in New York, Kitano.
She is playing piano and doing piano and vocals on three of the tunes on this album.
The great Victor Lewis is on drums, and Ed Howard is on bass.
Janice says that this CD was done at a super happy time in her life, and the feeling
comes across in the music. It contains three originals and a slew of classic tunes
from a variety of great composers.