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. Freedman 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. He has toured the world as a member of Grammy-winning singer Angelique Kidjo’s band and has played and recorded with many artists such as Tom Harrell, Wynton Marsalis, Sting, Claudia Acuña, Omar Faruk, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Toumani Diabate. Freedman is a co-leader of acclaimed band Third World Love, and he tours frequently with Anat Cohen. His record Trio 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”.