Joe Friedman (b. 1936)
Joe Friedman holds an MA in music from Cal-State University at Hayward. He has made 5 recordings, including two with the Jewish Wedding Band as performer and composer, and two with the Balkan ensemble Chubritza.
Joe's brass compositions are based on traditional themes associated with certain holidays or cultures. Joy of Passover is based on several traditional Passover melodies, and was premiered at Humboldt State University in 1999 under the direction of Gil Cline. Although not a brass player, Joe enjoys writing for and playing with brass. His Joy of Chanukah was recorded on A Child's Hanukkah(sic) in 1998 by the Jewish Wedding Band under the title Hannukah remembered.
Joe lives with his wife Ann in Humboldt County and teaches music and French at College of the redwoods in Eureka.