David Friesen

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David Friesen
Born (1942-05-06) May 6, 1942 (age 79)
Tacoma, Washington
Genres Jazz
Instruments Double bass
Electric upright bass

David Friesen (born May 6, 1942 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American jazz bassist. He plays double bass and electric upright bass. [1]



Friesen began playing bass while serving in the United States Army in Germany. He played with John Handy and Marian McPartland and following this, with Joe Henderson; in 1975, he toured in Europe with Billy Harper. His first album as a session leader appeared that year. In 1976, he began collaborating with guitarist John Stowell; the pair would work together often. He appeared with Ted Curson at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1977. Following this, he worked with Ricky Ford, Duke Jordan, Mal Waldron, and Paul Horn. His 1989 album Other Times, Other Places reached No. 11 on the U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart. [2] He has also played with Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Garrett, Dizzy Gillespie, and Mal Waldron.

Personal life

He is the younger brother of actress Dyan Cannon, and the uncle of actress Jennifer Grant. [3]


As leader

As sideman

With Ted Curson

With Kenny Drew

With Ricky Ford

With Billy Harper

With Duke Jordan

With Mal Waldron

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  1. Scott Yanow, David Friesen at Allmusic
  2. Billboard, Allmusic
  3. Feather, Leonard (March 31, 1988). "Jazz Reviews: David Friesen Trio at Catalina's: State of the Art". Los Angeles Times . Archived from the original on September 4, 2019. Retrieved September 4, 2019. Playing for a small but select audience that included his sister, Dyan Cannon, Friesen performed during most of the set on a French acoustic bass, made in 1795.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)