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Jazz Pianist Don Friedman on Playing, Practicing and Finding “The Zone”

Don Friedman is a jazz pianist and professor at The Steinhardt School of Music and Performing Arts at New York University. Friedman has been a successful and sought after jazz pianist for many years, and has worked with artists such as Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Ornette Coleman, Pepper Adams, Booker Little, Jimmy Giuffre, Elvin Jones, and Herbie Mann. Friedman has also been a regular member of Clark Terry’s quintet for more than forty years.

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Don Friedman, a jazz pianist and professor at New York University, discusses some of the practice techniques he uses to improve his spontaneity and keep his technique up, what it’s like to be in “the zone” when playing with an ensemble, and how he approaches the art of composing.

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