Janice Friedman is a world class musician who wears many hats. She is compelling when playing solo piano and in the toe-tappin’ pocket when playing with a big band or small group. She is riveting leading her own trio and supportive like few others when accompanying a vocalist or instrumentalist. Janice has performed everywhere around the world and in this country. In her home town of Manhattan she has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note, Iridium, Mezzrow, Smalls, Kitano and Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club among others. Today you can hear her in the evenings at The Centerbar in the Time Warner Building and during the day on “her boat” The Bateaux. Janice has been in concert and/or recorded with the likes of Marian McPartland, Warren Vache’, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Claudio Roditi, Joe Lovano, Greg Gisbert, Conrad Herwig, Milt Hinton and the list goes on.
With her most recent CD, “Live at Kitano” Janice’s Trio seems to shine straight from the stage right into the CD. Featuring the world famous Victor Lewis on drums and Ed Howard on drums, the electricity captured from this classy NYC jazz room is palpable. Her recording, “Swingin’ for the Ride”, introduced Janice 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. On “Half and Half,” Janice is featured on solo piano where she gives her personal jazz twist to songs from all eras. Give a listen and, no doubt, it will put a smile on your face. Guaranteed!
“A most distinctive touch….” Marian McPartland
“Explosive piano playing carrying the aura and variety of a big band with just bass and drums….” John Wilson, NY Times