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Anne Annie Friedland
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Born and raised here in Pittsburgh. I was born a musician and crawled up to the piano at 1 and a half. My mother also sang and played and said I would kick as soon as the music went on! I did my first 'gig" at 4 and asked for the money as soon as I got done. Don't do that now! Reluctantly took piano lessons, didn't know why then but it ws partially because I discovered I had perfect pitch and could hear anything and play it back!~ So, why read anything? wrong!
I suffered thru HS, an overachiever but won an Opera Scholarship to CMU.I didn't really love Opera, so the summer b-4 school, I went on the road. There, I discovered Jazz! Improvisation was the greatest thing I had ever come across and that was it. I did have the opportunity to work with BB King, Wilson Pickett, Danny Gatton,The 4 Coins, Emily Remler, Kenny Blake and my own bands over the years. I lived in LA when my dad was diagnosed w/ Parkinson's in 2003, so I came home. He passed in 2005,but I am still here!
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Nelson Harrison, Me, Gene Ludwig, Maureen Budway, Sean jones, Mark Koch, Kenny Blake, Dave Budway,Eric Suseoff, Lou stellute, John Hall, Craig King
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
NPR
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Festivals: Not enough clubs left!!~~~
About Me:
See above. I also have a nice bio on my website and on AAJ.com. and my space.
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WE have tp play music of the dead

Posted on July 3, 2011 at 4:01am 1 Comment

I am mortified and no longer afraid of speaking my mind.WE are so stuck in a jazz loop, where the same peop-le play week after week etc. that we have to resort to "tribute bands". This is lack of creativity and laziness.

There is no support between people in the community, no new ideas. That;s why it fell apart. I am sorry for Tony, because he ws one off the nicer guys in jazz circles, but I dread what will happen.

Someone said to protest....aren't we a bit late???

I have never… Continue

Nedw Cd

Posted on December 16, 2010 at 2:34am 0 Comments

THE NEW MUSIC i ADDED (i DON'T HAVE MY GLASSES ON,. IS FROM MY NEW COMPLETED AND NOT RELEASED CD "A TEASTE OF ANNIE" IT WAS ORIGINNALLY INTENDED TO BE A LOCAL SHOWCASE, DUE TO MY SPARSE GIG CALENDAR, BUT I HAVE BEEN GETTING A GREAT RESPONSE TO THE FIRST CUTS, SO I HAD IT MASTRERED AND I WILL MOST LIKELY PUT IT ON I TUN ES AS SOON AS I CHECK OUT THE CR'/S ETC.

MEANWHILE, I COULDN'T THINK OF ANY OTHERS i WANTED TO SHARE IT WITH! THAN MY PEERS.

The saga continues

Posted on November 26, 2010 at 2:30am 1 Comment

I will be brief. Again, I am unpleasantly surprised by some attitudes of some musicians locally. In 40 years of playing, I NEVER was refused when I asked to sit in...this was when I asked Jack McDuff, and BB King among others and they had no problems!



In 3 weeks, I was refused here twice. I am not upset, i think it's kind of funny and it confirms my feelings that the scene here has changed.…

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Thank You

Posted on December 4, 2009 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

I just want to thank: Luther D, Kenny Blake, Vince Taglieri, Kevin Amos, Rashida, Malika and the people who attended our Sunday night jazz showcase. It was a blast playing with you guys and we plan on some future dates. I will keep everyone posted.


PEACE,LOVE,MUSIC!!!!

Standy Staley

Posted on October 27, 2009 at 1:26am 1 Comment

I want to tell the organizers and everyone that attended Sandy;s memorial service tonite, that I am very sorry I could not attend.,.

I have been battling a stomach virus all weekend and today was the worst day. I wanted to spare all that attended my germs!!!!



I am,however very sad at the loss of a fantastic musician and great friend. Sandy was sure a pioneer for women in jazz and I thank her for that.



I know wherever she goes, she will carry on a legacy of truly… Continue

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At 10:47pm on March 3, 2019, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Hey Annie I moved back to Pittsburgh a year ago! Sat in with the Flow Reggae band and it was fun. I live in East Liberty or Larimer and close to many things. I need to bring some things from Harrisburg ie computer and music work. The gigs in Harrisburg come and go but I usually find out tbe happenings. There always is something here in Pittsburgh and I finally have a day job lol. I played in a jazz variety group 19 yrs and freelanced in Harrisburg from 1984 to 2003. Paid well and rehearsed more on freelancing than the regular group. Some cats have passed and others are getting old. Nice to come back here and see Lou Stellute and Jay Willis playing well.  Gotta catch up to you sister.

At 6:02am on May 27, 2012, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNE.  Wishing you the best of joy and happiness always. 

At 3:45am on July 10, 2011, Rev. Dr. Bobby Fulton, Ph.D. said…

Greetings Annie! 

I apologize for just getting to do this but I enjoyed your your story, your music, your comments, and your spirit.  Keep on being who you are, speaking out - making a difference, and being a messenger of the music.   In a way, your words about "the jazz loop" were prognostic in that they remind us from where the music has come.  Your comments also beckons us that a change is coming, and it will because time brings about alot of changes (that what time does).  I believe also that we must seek the future and be looking for it, if we intend to find it.   Remember that the rudiments will always be somewhere in the mix.   When I listen to some of the young musicians in the high schools and colleges, I'm confident that Jazz will be around and, even moreso, when it is integrated more (body, mind-soul and spirit), or when it dares to go outside of its box, taking the risk to stretch and, perhaps, continuing to add to lessor engaged musical forms, rather than as you stated simply being "stuck in the jazz Loop."   Of course, there's also the marriage between Jazz music and the Business of Jazz!    Maybe that topic is for another discussion.   Thanks again for speaking your mind.  God Bless.   Bobby Fulton

At 3:20pm on July 4, 2011, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Annie,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage -http://www.miartemartagracielabressi.webs.com/- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:


http://pallasatheneas.livejournal.com

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

http://www.mindsofglass.webs.com/
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Minds of Glass:  ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).


http://cminejazz.com/show/2010/11/12/minds-of-glass


http://martagracielabressistudios.webs.com/

If it doesn't work, simply copy and paste the link on your browser. You'll find new images in the gallery.


Regards,

Marta

 

P.S.: Unfortunately, I' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.Feel free to add me if you want.

At 7:03pm on May 28, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNIE from the PJN.
At 4:11am on January 04, 2011, Kevin Hurst, Sr. gave Anne Annie Friedland a gift
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here is a ribbon for you Annie and I look forward to hearing and playing with you!- kev
At 4:09am on January 4, 2011, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…
Where you playin' at Annie on the 8th of Jan.?   I will be at Thunderbird sat the 7th if that is what you mean! I want to rock and reggae at Logan's in Oakland on Craig Street afterwards. Hit me up on me cellie- kev
At 2:55am on December 17, 2010, Kevin Hurst, Sr. said…

Oh Annie! whats up? You know 60% of the time I took my horns out I did not get to sit in ! In my home town everyone is doing their own thing and not many have jams anymore and I know most of the artists. I go to Baltimore and have a drummer friend I grew up with based there and still I think he  does not realize how to treat a guest with 7 THOUSAND BUCKS WORTH OF HORNS! Dr. Harrison, Dwayne Dolphin, Jessica Lee, NO PROBLEM! I still want you to look at my charts and maybe we could work on some with you playing bass on keyboard but my main man Dan Wasson hopefully will be available. Just newer tunes not many play I transcribed over 20 yrs . I got around to adding changes when someone gave me a 'rhodes' sounding keyboard and remembered I used to play bass so it was a great ear training time.- thanx -kev p.s. have a nice holiday season!

At 1:45am on September 5, 2010, Muddy Kreek Blues Band said…
HEY ANNIE, THANKS FOR COMIN BACK TO US AND CHECKIN IN WILL YOU BE IN SHARON NEXT WEEK? I'M WORKING ON ANOTHER BLUES JAM SESSION.
At 4:27pm on June 21, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Anne,

I hope you like the constructive and empathetic feedback you are getting from some of the members and realize you are not alone. That's what this network is all about. Thanks for reaching out.

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