ITINERARY



APRIL:

-WORKSHOP AT LEHIGH VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS HIGH SCHOOL, BETHLEHEM, PA



 

-PERFORMANCES IN ITALY WITH SAXOPHONIST ROMANO PRATESI



-PERFORMANCES IN GRENOBLE, FRANCE AND VOSSA, NORWAY WITH ANDY EMLER TRIO



-“LIGHTHOUSE REVISITED” WITH SAXOPHONIST ADAM NIEWOOD, GENE PERLA AND ADAM NUSSBAUM AT THE ZINC BAR (NYC); DEER HEAD INN (DELAWARE WATER GAP, PA); LAFAYETTE BAR (EASTON, PA)



 -PERFORMANCE WITH PIANIST JEAN MARIE MACHADO AND STRING QUARTET “PAINTINGS” IN DINARD, FRANCE



-EUROPEAN TOUR “DIFFERENT BUT THE SAME” WITH ELLERY ESKELIN, JIM BLACK, TONY MARINO






Saxophone Masterclass  August 5-10, 2014


Since 1987 David Liebman has been conducting an annual Saxophone Master Class held at East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA (one and a half hours west of New York City). Students who are accepted (all ages) spend one week with Lieb delving into his philosophy of tone production discussed in his book and DVD on the subject. Other topics covered include transcription, rhythmic concepts, chromaticism as well as viewing selected private videos and recordings shown during the week of master performances by Coltrane, Miles Davis, the Saxophone Summit and more. Students get the opportunity to be critiqued on their compositions by an all star rhythm section which includes pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Mike Stephans, topped off by a performance at the famous Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA. As well a guest lecturer will present their work…past guests have included Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Michael Brecker and other notables.

Go to Lieb web site (www.davidliebman.com) under EDUCATION tab; Master Class for exact info.


ABOUT LIEB'S NEW GROUP "EXPANSIONS" (Under GROUPS tab)

Didacted from an Allentown, Pennsylvania newspaper interview by Jerry Duckett:

 “Let me explain it this way. When Charlie Parker came on the scene, we had guys like Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum and Lester Young. Bird changed the language. He might as well come from another planet. When Coltrane came on the scene he changed Parker’s language and so on. In the last 10 to 20 years there has been another change of the language due not only to the increasing influx of musicians from all around the world (because jazz has become more universal), but also because of jazz education. We now have schools all over the world. I have been part of the teaching of jazz for over 30 years. This new generation didn’t learn through apprenticeship like it used to be, but from books. They are well studied and world-oriented. They understand rhythms and harmonies from all over the world and are changing the way modern jazz is spoken. On a more personal level, I don’t want to be stuck in a stylistic vacuum. I want to see what they young folks are doing and add that to my personal language.”


LIVE GIG FROM CORNELIA STREET CAFE,NYC-2013:

http://www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-dave-liebman-112-9pm-12am


Read all of Dave Liebman's Lead Sheets and listen to the original tunes on Lieb's Facebook Page.

 

NEW LIEBMAN MODEL-KEILWERTH SOPRANO SAXOPHONE:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFtMQTEHnh8

 

RECENT ACCOLADES:


JAZZ EDUCATORS NETWORK LEGENDS OF JAZZ EDUCATION - 2013

 

NEA JAZZ MASTER - 2011

 

DAVE LIEBMAN GROUP - BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - 2011 (NY JAZZ and ALL ABOUT JAZZ)

 

WINNER OF DOWNBEAT (2011) AND JAZZ TIMES (2011/2012) CRITIC'S POLLS FOR SOPRANO SAX

 

FRENCH ORDER OF ARTS AND LETTERS - 2010

 

GERMAN JAZZ JOURNALISTS RECORD OF THE YEAR (TURNAROUND) - 2010

 

 

BIO SUMMARY:David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching over forty years. He has played with many of the masters including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others; authored books and instructional DVDs which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field; recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz; awarded NEA Jazz Masters; Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Legends of Jazz; multiple Grammy nominee and Downbeat/Jazz Times Critics Poll winner (soprano sax); French Order of Arts and Letters; Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland); founder of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ; performed on several hundred recordings with over 100 as a leader/co-leader featuring several hundred original compositions.

 

 For a detailed site map with explanations

 of sections click  HERE.

 

FROM LIEB:

Hello to you all and welcome to my web site. Besides the usual publicity material, itineraries and available products which one normally encounters on artist web sites, over the years I have tried to make this site into a repository of information about jazz for those who are seriously interested in the art form. Specifically, past newsletters, educational articles, private archive recordings, photos and interviews should be of particular interest. As a result of over forty years of being a jazz artist, there is a lot of information here. Please check the itinerary monthly listed here on the main page and my facebook site for updates and blogs on what I am presently doing. Feel free to contact me (CONTACT TAB ABOVE) for any specific musical questions. Enjoy!!

 

"Liebman is among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music . . . a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction." Downbeat Magazine


“While others of his ‘60s generation have fallen off their ambition, Liebman has remained dogged about composition and trying different styles…he’s a fighter.” (Ben Ratliff-NY Times)

 

 

DESCRIBING THE JAZZ MOMENT

"LE ROI DU MONDE"



What does it feel like when you are in the vortex, the eye of the hurricane? To me it is aptly put by the French; you are (at least temporarily) "Le Roi Du Monde."  For those moments when I (as a horn player) am playing in front of a good rhythm section, I am simply "the king of the world"--everything is perfect!! One is in complete control; you can do whatever you want within that space inhabited at the moment. You are truly the master of the universe...not the cliche.. the real deal! Getting to that place takes years of experience and observing those who are ahead of you on line. There is a confidence, an unseen swagger, an assertiveness (even if the music is gentle). It's so good that all you want is to repeat it... like a junkie...hooked forever.

 

George Carlin, one of the all time great comedians and observers of the human condition in his autobiography(Last Words) describes the feeling I'm referring to:

"There is nothing happening in the universe outside of that reality and that experience. When besides that I'm being rewarded with all this approval, attention, approbation for something that is solely mine and only I can do. There can't be anything better than that. To be intensely alone, intensely myself, in control of everything, the center of a self created universe." (For more on this subject go to the Education tab; Educational articles;Miscellaneous; "Concerning Entering The "Zone."

 


Drawings from the Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap, PA by owner Bob Mancuso
Drawings from the Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap, PA by owner Bob Mancuso