-BIRDLAND,NYC: WITH BILLY CHILDS, BUSTER WILLIAMS, BILLY HART (LENNY WHITE LAST NIGHT)
-DIFFERENT BUT THE SAME (ELLERY ESKELIN, JIM BLACK, TONY MARINO); BRYANT PARK, NYC
-26TH ANNUAL SAXOPHONE MASTER CLASS; EAST STROUDSBURG, PA; CONCERT AT DEER HEAD INN, DELAWARE WATER GAP, PA
-CONCERTS IN TURKU AND HELSINKI, FINLAND WITH AKI RISANNEN TRIO
-CONCERTS IN ITALY WITH ROMANO PRATESI "RUBBER BAND" GROUP; PISTOIA AND VERONA
-CONCERT WITH ANTONIO FARAO(PIANO); WAYNE DOCKERY(BASS) AND GENE CALDERAZZO (DRUMS) IN RAMATUELLE, FRANCE
-WORKSHOP AT CARLETON COLLEGE, OTTAWA, CANADA
-PERFORMANCES AT THE GREEN MILL, CHICAGO; ERIN MCDOUGALD GROUP
NEA JAZZ MASTER DAVE LIEBMAN 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 (1989) and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ); performed on over 500 recordings with over nearly 200 as a leader/co-leader featuring several hundred original compositions.
"Liebman is among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music . . a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction." Downbeat Magazine
FROM LIEB ABOUT THE WEB SITE:
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 (published monthly) and my facebook site for updates and miscellaneous writings I do from time to time. Feel free to contact me (CONTACT TAB ABOVE) for any specific musical questions. Enjoy!!
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 JOURNALIST'S RECORD OF THE YEAR (TURNAROUND) - 2010
ABOUT LIEB'S NEW GROUP "EXPANSIONS" (More 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 have arrived 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 due not only to the increasing influx of musicians from all around the world (as jazz has become more universal), but also because of jazz education. We now have schools in amny countries and it is new and exciting to the people. I have been part of this spread of teaching jazz for over 30 years. This new generation didn’t learn through apprenticeship like it used to be, but from books and now You Tube. They are well studied and very world-oriented. They understand rhythms and harmonies from all over the planet and are changing the way modern jazz is articulated. On a more personal level, I don’t want to be stuck in a stylistic vacuum. I want to see what the young folks are doing and add that to my personal language.”
FIRST RECORDING WILL BE RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER 2014 titled "SAMSARA" (Whaling City Sound)
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FROM LIEB: Saxophonist Andy Sugg is from Adelaide, Australia and a fine musician who I have known for years. For his doctoral thesis he did an exhaustive study concentrating on solos taken by Coltrane, my esteemed comrade in arms Jerry Bergonzi and myself on “Green Dolphin Street.” His summary blurb follows. Warning: This is not for the fainthearted!!
FROM ANDY SUGG:The Influence of John Coltrane’s Music on Improvising Saxophonists-Mellen Press
Though it’s common knowledge that Coltrane transformed jazz improvisation, we know a lot less about how this transformation played itself out in the generation that came after him; and how a few in this generation found in Trane’s music something to stimulate innovation of their own. This thesis traces the story of innovation in two important sax players of this post-Trane generation - David Liebman and Jerry Bergonzi – by presenting a detailed discussion of solos by Trane, Liebman and Bergonzi on a single repertoire standard. John Coltrane’s Music argues that in Liebman’s and Bergonzi’s responses to Trane’s music we hear two key directions in saxophone improvisation, and in jazz improvisation generally, since the 1970s; directions which remain central to the art of jazz improvisation today.
Check out some of Lieb's lead sheets and listen to the original tunes on Lieb's Facebook Page.
DESCRIBING THE JAZZ MOMENT by Dave Liebman
"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."