Drummer and composer Daniel Freedman was born and raised in New York City and was a student of Max Roach and Billy Higgins. Daniel is currently touring as a member of Grammy winning singer Angelique Kidjo's band. He has played and recorded with artists such as Sting, Youssou N'Dour, Dianne Reeves, Omara Portuondo and many others.
His 2012 release on the Anzic Record label “Bamako By Bus” features the core band of Lionel Loueke, Jason Lindner, Avishai Cohen,and Meshell N'degeocello as well as guests Mark Turner and Pedro Martinez. Daniel is a co-leader of acclaimed band Third World Love with Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and Yonatan Avishai, and tours frequently with clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen's band. He was selected as one of five drummers who is changing jazz drumming for the New York Times article “Propelled by Different Drummers”.Daniel's record "Trio" (2002) on the Fresh Sound label received nine stars in Modern Drummer Magazine and he was featured in the same magazine in the article "Jazz Lions".
#1 Jazz record of 2012 " Bamako By Bus is a joyous musical journey around the world with freedman as thh our guide andwizards Like Avishai Cohen, Mark Turner, Yosvany Terry and Meshell Ndegeocello driving the bus"
"Freedman does what the premier drummers do, he pushes the music to center stage and lets the ensemble play out while not remaining comfortable but owning the pocket." Criticaljazz.net
"Bamako By Bus' scope is large, and from a degree of difficulty standpoint, it’s a hell of an endeavor, one which Freedman pulls off" Emusic
Lionel Loueke - Guitar and vocals
Jason Lindner - Piano and keyboards
Omer Avital - Bass
Daniel Freedman - Drums