As an Electric/Acoustic bassist and vocalist, Rob Fried has performed regularly at clubs and music festivals throughout the NYC metropolitan area with renowned artists including Randy Brecker, Marion Meadows, Chris Parker, and Joe Beck. In addition, Rob has performed as an opening act for Manhattan Transfer, Tower Of Power, BB King, and YES.
Rob describes his pleasure in playing live: “When I see how people respond as I play jazz, rock and funk, it is a powerful thing. When people get up to dance, are smiling and the euphoria happens, it is almost like the audience becomes another member of the band. I try to feel what they are feeling and then take it higher. That is definitely a big part of the joy of being a musician.”
Rob Fried has produced two original albums. His first, Wind Song, was completed in 2007 and has been garnering accolades and acclaim from fans and music industry press ever since. His Water Rhapsody project was released in 2009.
Press quotes on Rob Fried’s debut release were outstanding, and convey the essence of his music:
“Rob Fried’s Wind Song is a surprisingly robust set exploring contemporary Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and blues rhythms. Diverse and fun to listen to, Wind Song is a strong, cool breeze.” – Jazz Times
Rob’s musical style is varied and multi-textured and includes myriad of influences from contemporary jazz groups, The Yellowjackets, The Crusaders, and Tower Of Power, to monumental bass players James Jamerson and Jaco Pastorius, Brazilian artists Antonio Jobim, Ivan Linns, and Sergio Mendez, traditional jazz masters Miles Davis and Bill Evans, to pop/rock/folk artists Neil Young, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Sting, and James Taylor.
Rob started playing guitar at age 8 and bass at age 15. At age 13 he co-founded To The Max, a rock band that has performed in Connecticut for a generation. After a university education and a career in the asset management business (which continues today), Rob studied world music, chord scale improvisation, theory, and composition with bassist Tony Cimorosi in the 1990’s.