ASCAP Jazz Living Legend Award
Dave Frishberg, born in Minnesota, is a gifted pianist, distinctive vocalist and songwriter of wit and depth. He moved to New York in 1957, working as a side man for such leading jazz figures as Carmen McRae, Ben Webster, Gene Krupa, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims and Jimmy Rushing. He began to receive recognition as a leader and solo performer with the start of his recording career in 1968, always combining an eclectic selection of jazz and pop standards along with his own dazzling originals. Among the artists who have covered Dave Frishberg songs are Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Blossom Dearie, Mark Murphy, Jackie & Roy, Mel Tormé and John Pizzarelli. Like most songwriters, Frishberg composes love songs, but he’s just as likely to set his sights on subjects ranging from baseball to food to nostalgia to jazz itself. His titles include: "I’m Hip," "Peel Me a Grape," "Van Lingle Mungo," "Heart’s Desire," "Blizzard of Lies," "I Want to Be a Sideman," "My Attorney, Bernie," "You Are There" and "Zoot Walked In." Frishberg is also noted for his musical contributions to the beloved animated educational TV program, Schoolhouse Rock, particularly the legislative primer, "I’m Just a Bill." Dave Frishberg currently makes his home in Portland, Oregon.