People & Stories Oral History Project: Jazz Fest 2017 Pt. 5

We are thrilled to continue our partnership with ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains, and the White Plains Business Improvement District on White Plains Jazz Fest 2017! Below is a clip from the People & Stories Oral History Project, Jazz Fest edition. Each of the clips we post between now and September will include stories and music from musicians who live locally, but have performed all over the world. Tom Van Buren, of ArtsWestchester, co-produced the interviews. Check out the Jazz Fest 2017 webpage for tickets and more information about all the great music happening September 13-17, 2017.

Daniel Freiberg

New York based, award winning composer, arranger, pianist and music producer Daniel Freiberg has spent most of his life at the intersection of the distinct worlds of classical, jazz, rock and Latin American music. Freiberg grew up in his native Buenos Aires. He began taking classical piano lessons while surrounded by tango, Argentine, Uruguayan and Peruvian folklore, Brazilian and Rock music. A Dave Brubeck album he received as a birthday present from his high school friends changed his life…he got hooked to Jazz …and decided to move to New York when he was twenty-one years old. Studying jazz arranging, film scoring and piano with established jazzmen Don Sebesky, Earl Hagen, Jacky Byard, Hal Galper and Andy Laverne further fed into Freiberg’s eclectic sound. He also studied composition, classical orchestration and contemporary music with Julliard professors and classical piano with Joan Behrens Bergman. Thanks to a recommendation by master jazz drummer Ignacio Berroa, Freiberg met one of his main mentors and lifetime friend: the thirteen time Grammy Award winner and NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera, with whom he toured North America and Europe for five years as pianist. (from

Daniel is performing with The Paquito D'Rivera Quintet at 8:00pm on Saturday, September 16, at the White Plains City Center. D'Rivera is an iconic Cuban American virtuoso of the clarinet and saxophone, composer and fourteen-time Grammy winner in both jazz and classical categories. More info on the Jazz Fest 2017 webpage.






We will be posting new clips from oral histories with local musicians between now and September. Here’s a link to interviews from Jazz Fest 2016. The featured music is “Milonga Del Bardo” by the Daniel Freiberg South American Jazz Project.

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