Berlin-based Vibraphonist David Friedman in Toronto for Masterclass and Jazz Bistro Performance

Vibraphonist David Friedman

Berlin-based vibraphonist David Friedman

Wednesday, August 10, 7:30: David Friedman Masterclass at Annette Studios, 566 Annette Street
Advance tickets general/student: $35 e-transfer/$30 e-transfer
Door tickets general/student: $40 cash or e-transfer/$35 cash or e-transfer
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Live stream is $35.00. You will receive a private link closer to the event date
Tickets will be available at the door contingent on availability for $40. Note: Space is limited.

Saturday, August 13, 8:00: David Friedman at Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., Toronto
Cover: $20.00. Call (416) 363-5299 to reserve a table

Internationally renowned vibraphonist David Friedman makes a rare Canadian appearance to perform at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro. For this very special event, Mr. Friedman shares the stage with Canadian jazz stars Bernie Senensky, piano, Neil Swainson, bass and Terry Clarke, drums.

David Friedman

David Friedman, known for both a dazzling 4-mallet vibraphone technique and profound creativity, is regarded as one of the most influential vibraphonists of his generation, and remains at the forefront of jazz as both a performer and educator.

Born in New York but based in Berlin for over 30 years, he has been an esteemed and sought after member of the European jazz scene for decades. Before moving to Berlin, he was at the centre of New York’s jazz and recording scene: after a 2-year stint in singer Tim Buckley’s band, he appeared on a slew of recordings on CTI and other labels throughout the 1970s and ’80s. He has performed or recorded with Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver (In Pursuit of the 27th Man,) Hubert Laws (Live at Carnegie Hall) Horacee Arnold (Tribe) Joe Henderson, Johnny Griffin, Jane Ira Bloom, Ron Carter, Daniel Humair and John Scofield among other notable artists. Downbeat magazine voted his Shades of Change, with pianist Geri Allen, as “One of the Year’s Best 20 CDs”

His acclaimed recording with Chet Baker, Peace, with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Joe Chambers, features five David Friedman compositions.

With vibraphonist Dave Samuels, he co-led the ground-breaking mallet duo, Double Image. Their decades-long influence on mallet percussion performances was recognized by the

Percussive Arts Society when, in 2015, they were inducted into the PAS Hall of Fame.


A renowned educator, David Friedman established and directed the jazz department of Berlin’s University of the Arts. His book, Vibraphone Technique: dampening and pedaling, is a seminal educational publication, (Etude No.19) and his numerous compositions are studied and performed by students of the instrument, orchestral percussionists and jazz vibraphonists alike (see Midnight Star)..

David Friedman continues to perform and teach in Europe, North America and the Far East.

Related information/video performances:

Doug Payne “Sound Insights” post on David Friedman:

Links to videos of recent David Friedman performances:

To arrange an interview with David Friedman, or for further information, contact:
Stewart Hoffman
tel: 416.462.9615

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