Pianist & composer
Ever since Addison Frei (pronounced “Fry”) began playing piano in local restaurants around Lawrence, Kansas at the age of ten, he has captivated audiences and garnered acclaim far beyond his years.
Frei’s latest album, No Defense (TCB Records), was celebrated with solo performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Alhambra (Geneva), and Lucerne Piano Festival. His lyrical pianism has made him a favorite accompanist for many vocalists, including Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry, Janis Siegel and Carol Fredette. Frei’s artistry as a composer and producer is showcased with the genre-bending singles “Cornerstone” and “Postcard” as well as his EP, Future Speak, featuring Michael Mayo and Tahira Clayton. Frei also produced Clayton’s 2019 release Wait Till Now. Frei’s eclectic musicianship remains on display in the New York scene—he’s equally at home leading jazz groups at Dizzy’s Club and the Kitano or playing synthesizers with his band at National Sawdust and Rockwood Music Hall.
A proud Yamaha Artist, Frei’s previous records include Transit (2016) and Intentions (2014). He also co-leads the AMP Trio, contributing compositions to each of their five studio albums. Alongside Tahira Clayton, AMP Trio was selected as winner of the 2017 DC Jazz Prix, and he has toured extensively throughout Asia and North America at jazz festivals, clubs and universities.
Frei recently completed his artist diploma at the Juilliard School, serving as musical director for this flagship ensemble’s stint at Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai. He has won first prize in several competitions, including the 2017 Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition, the 2016 UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, and the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida. He is presently a member of the Orlando-based Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, where he has performed with artists, including Lisa Fischer, Sachal Vasandani and artistic director Rodney Whitaker.
Addison Frei - Texas Is My Home (feat. Joe Savage)Alan Lomax captured this moving performance by Joe Savage in Greenville, Mississippi in 1978. Now more than 40 years later, pianist Addison Frei brings his piano reflections to the tune "Texas Is My Home".
Directed and filmed by David Ashton and engineered by Aaron David Ross at the Yamaha Artist Services Piano Salon in New York, NY on March 22nd, 2019.
Source material used with permission from the Association for Cultural Equity.
Addison Frei - For Good (Artwork by Jill Pelto)"For Good" feat. Michael Mayo
Stream & Download Future Speak EP https://addisonfrei.bandcamp.com/
Music and lyrics by Addison Frei, http://www.addisonfrei.com/
Artwork by Jill Pelto, www.jillpelto.com/
Video by Sam Neufeld, Noof Designs https://www.noofdesigns.com/
Michael Mayo, vocals
Addison Frei, piano
Andy Clausen, trombone
Drew Zaremba, soprano saxophone,
Perrin Grace, acoustic bass
Matt Young, drums
Engineered and mixed by Chris Sulit, Trading 8s Studio
Mastered by Nate Wood