SAVANNAH-A native of Clearwater, Kan., Noel Freidline’s musical career has taken him from coast to coast. Classically trained at the Wichita State University, then transferring to the University of North Florida to finish his degree in jazz studies, Freidline graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in music in 1991. In 1992 he assembled the band that he still leads today.
As a pianist, vocalist and bandleader, Freidline masterfully walks the fine line between leading and supporting the musicians on stage. He brings a dynamic and charismatic presence to the stage, yet one never loses the sense that he considers it a privilege to participate in the world of music. His left-of-center writing and arranging has earned reviews that range from “sublime” and “unconventionally hip” to “masterful and innovative.”
His passion for the music as well as his ability to connect with people has made him as engaging as an educator as he is a performer. Freidline’s educational presentations range from programs for elementary-age children focusing on the joys and accessibility of music, to collegiate-level clinics and workshops ranging from the craft of performing to the business side of music. His heart for teaching has led him to develop and present a series of workshops for church musicians, both professional and volunteer, to help them develop their talents. Freidline also maintains a private teaching studio. He currently resides in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife April and their three children.
The Coastal Jazz Association’s Annual Fathers’ Day Concert will be held on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton Historic Savannah - 520 West Bryan St. (Bryan and MLK). The concert is free for Coastal Jazz Association members and $10 for non-members. Attendees who join CJA while at the concert will also be admitted for free.
For more information call (912) 675-5419 or go to www.coastal-jazz.org .