Drummer, percussionist, and composer Daniel Freedman was born and raised in New York City and grew up in a musical family. In high school he studied with masters Max Roach, Billy Higgins, and Vernel Fournier and later traveled to study music in West Africa, Cuba, and the Middle East. Daniel came up in the Smalls scene of the 1990s and during that time was a member of Jason Lindner’s Big Band and Omer Avital’s sextet. Daniel is currently touring the world as a member of Grammy-winning singer Angelique Kidjo’s band. He has played and recorded with many artists such as Tom Harrell, Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Claudia Acuña, Omar Faruk, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Toumani Diabate. Daniel is a co-leader of acclaimed band Third World Love, and tours frequently with clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen’s band. As a composer and producer for NY-based jingle house Wicked Music, he has written many spots for television and the Web. Daniel recorded a new album of his compositions that will be released in 2011 with Avishai Cohen, Mark Turner, Lionel Loueke, Jason Lindner, and Meshell Ndegeocello. His record Trio with Jason Lindner and Omer Avital, and guests Myron Walden, Joshua Levitt, and Tomer Tzur, 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”.