Ron Friedman
Flugel Horn and Trumpet Lyricist

    Ron Friedman's band started out of a desire to play creative jazz with a contemporary rock feel.  The goal is to have the music be challenging and ambitious while feeling good enough to dance to.
 Ron worked with Frank Sinatra until Frank stopped performing.  Robert Irving (producer, arranger, & composer for Flattering Secret) produced, arranged, and wrote for Miles Davis well into the 90's.  It is therefore no surprise that Ron and Robert, both living in Chicago, teamed up to form a band of contemporary musicians playing new, fresh music that each show their respective influences.
 The music is listenable on a very basic level while at the same time being the kind of music that many find interesting and complex on a harmonic and rhythmic level.
Ron Friedman comes from a very musical family in which many of his relatives played instruments or sang professionally. The grayscale image to the right shows Ron's dad, Jack Friedman at the drums.
    After graduating from Northwestern University in Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Ron went on to Northern Illinois University as a Graduate Assistant where he received a Master's Degree in Musical Performance.  After teaching trumpet and jazz at Northern Illinois University for two years he joined New York Mary, a jazz-rock fusion band that made two albums for Arista Records.  Ron then joined the Woody Herman Big Band, playing along such jazz greats as saxophonists Joe Lovano and Frank Tiberi.
    Ron then worked in Chicago, playing trumpet and flugelhorn on well over 5000 Radio and Television  commercials such as; United Airlines, Coca-Cola, Bud-Lite, Coors, Pizza Hut, Bally's Casinos, McDonald's and on and on.......
 Ron then joined Frank Sinatra as featured jazz soloist touring for five years.
 Throughout his career, Ron has played and/or recorded with every big name in jazz and entertainment, including:
Frank Sinatra 
Kurt Elling 
Billy Eckstine 
Natalie Cole
Aretha Franklin 
Clark Terry 
Bobby Caldwell 
Manhatten Transfer
Joe Williams 
Mel Torme 
Styx 
Benny Goodman
Woody Herman
Temptations 
Dizzy Gillespie 
Tony Bennett
Gladys Knight
Della Reese
Ella Fitzgerald
Ramsey Lewis
Tom Jones 
Rosemary Clooney
Michael Jackson 
Liza Minelli
Benny Carter
Sammy Davis Jr.

Mike Smith 
Johnny Mathis
Ohio Players 
New York Mary 
Corky Siegal 
Bernadette Peters
Steve Lawrence 
Eydie Gorme 
Big Twist & the Mellow Fellows 
and many more......

Ron can be heard with his own group in Chicago at Andy's Jazz Club (State St. and Hubbard St.) and often at  the Green Mill Jazz Club and Green Dolphin Street.
 Rons musical philosophy: We play interesting, serious music that also happens to feel damn good!

Visit Ron's Frank Sinatra Page for pictures taken by Ron during live performances


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