Dave Liebman has been conducting a yearly saxophone master class most recently interspersed with a Chromatic Harmony class since 1989.
Information concerning the next class below.
“When students attend David Liebman’s Workshop each summer, they come seeking everything that he offers. His knowledge is immense, as is his experience as a player in the fraternity of the highest order. Music is the breath of his life…. in fact, breathing is a big subject. Dave examines how the lips, lung and the tongue all create different tonalities, Tones are the colors of inflections, the subplot of the tune; they give density and suggest mystery. Dave is a street talking Zen-master.” - Larry Fink (Photographer)
A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Melody and Harmony Class (2013)
Dave Liebman’s 26th annual summer master class this year will concentrate on his book "A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Melody and Harmony" (Advance Music) which is the required text for the Masters/Doctoral degree at the Manhattan School of Music where Liebman is Artist in Residence. This INTENSIVE five day master class summarizes course highlights and organizes the material with the goal being to expand the artist’s melodic, harmonic and textural palette both as a composer and improviser.
THE CHROMATIC APPROACH WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE BEGINNING ON TUESDAY, JULY 30 (arrival on the 29th) - ENDING SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 (at noon).
THE LOCATION IS EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY, EAST STROUDSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (ONE AND A HALF HOURS FROM NEW YORK CITY AND PHILADELPHIA).
COST IS $1000 (US) WHICH INCLUDES ROOM AND BOARD.
INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS MUST SUBMIT LEADSHEETS OF ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS AND/OR REHARMONIZED STANDARDS THAT DEMONSTRATE ONE’S OVERALL LEVEL OF HARMONIC KNOWLEDGE. RECORDINGS OF THESE COMPOSITIONS IS OPTIONAL BUT CERTAINLY ENCOURAGED.
PLAYING/PERFORMING AS A COURSE REQUIREMENT IS NOT NECESSARY (THOUGH OBVIOUSLY DESIRABLE); THE EMPHASIS IS ON COMPOSITION AND HARMONIC KNOWLEDGE.
MAIL LEAD SHEETS (and optional recording-CD ONLY!!) to:
1541 BRISLIN ROAD
STROUDSBURG, PA 18360
INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL ADDRESS!!
UPON ACCEPTANCE A 50% DEPOSIT WILL BE REQUIRED
2012: Marty Ehrlich
2011: Chromatic Masterclass with Vic Juris
2010: Tony Malaby
2009: Chromatic Masterclass with Phil Markowitz
2008: Steve Wilson
2007: 20th anniversary celebration of John Coltrane: Ashley Kahn on “A Love Supreme” with performance of Meditations Suite
2006: Chromatic Masterclass with Phil Markowitz
2005: Tim Ries
2004: Chromatic Masterclass with Phil Markowitz
2003: Hal Galper (pianist)
2002: Rick Margitza
2001: Phil Woods
2000: George Garzone
1999: Jamey Haddad (percussionist)
1998: Joe Lovano
1997: Ellery Eskelin
1996: Pat Zimmerle
1995: Michael Brecker
1994: Bill Evans
1993: Steve Coleman
1992: Hartley Severnson (repair)/ David Bilger(classical)
1991: Gary Sugal (mouthpiece maker)
1988,1989,1990: Dave Guardala (mouthpiece maker)
I wanted to thank you for an incredible week at the masterclass.You've gotten me to think about a lot of things--and not just musical things either. You've convinced me to start working out again--I gotta get back in shape---and to spend more time reading and checking out art. Of course I'm very much looking forward to doing some transcritpions in the in-depth way you talked about, and to set up a practicing schedule. I think I now know what to do witht he rest of the summer and the rest of my life as soon as I get out of school.What I appreiate the most is the perspective that you've given me. I find myself hearing and seeing things differently now. Thank you for the inspiration.
I want to thank you Dave for this unforgettable week. It will reamin a very important time in my life, an exceptional experience, a big chance! Now, I'm taking the time to digest all that you have given us and taught us.I'll always remember your natural kindness, your fantastic energy and your beautiful love of music.
Au plaisir, yours sincerely.
Théo Nguyen Duc Long - 2010
Dave, Thx again for being so giving and gracious in passing on so many keys to the Kingdom to all of us at this year's chromatic harmony and melody class.Thx also to your olympic rhythm section who not only dealt with all that the class threw at them this year, but came out wearing gold medals.
Jaiman Crunk - 2010/2011
I wanted to thank you and your family for such an amazing week of music and the sharing of relationships and experiences. It was inspiring for me just to witness and feel the energy you put into your life. When you entered a room and especially when you spoke, either verbally or musically, your spiritual presence was felt. You are what I aspire to be. I am sure that you are having to recover now from the past several days. You never gave up, and you were with us until the end. Thank you. Your masterclass was amazing for me not only from the time I spent experiencing your ideas and lifelong pursuits, but from the friendships I acquired that I know will last a lifetime. I hope to see you again in the near future, and I wish you luck in all your upcoming adventures and your future endeavors. Music is life, so live on! Once again, thank you!!
David Noland - 2000
Thanks for all that kindness….Thanks for all that great moments you’ve spent with us…Thanks for all that frankness…Thank you for all that energy.I’ve spent a wonderful week beside you and all the persons (Pat, Caris, Bryant, Tony, Marko, Phil, and all the saxophonists & Marcel!) I’ll remember it a long time.
Jean Charles Richard - 2001/2003
I wanted to send my heart felt thanks for all of your help and knowledge over this past week. This has been the most incredible intensive course I've been apart of. All of the material covered, in both the jazz and classical idioms, has helped me begin a search for new material, while also focusing on the old. Thank you again for an incredible seminar. Thank you also to Caris for all of the hospitality and warm vibes. In Peace,
Patrick Booth - 2011
For the record David Liebman is the best musician I've ever been around. He is a giving person of his time and talent and is utterly himself which is a great achievement in any time or place. While he is an important part of the tradition he preaches the value of the art form as a whole which is in my view is to be admired and is an act of genuine humility. Take this class if you can I'm so glad I came.
Christopher Braig - 2010
Hey Lieb, I just wanted to say thank you so much for an AWESOME class...I really enjoyed it and I learned a TON...I have been focusing on not dropping the jaw and mouthpiece alone for now, and I'm already noticing a little difference. I was truly inspired and highly motivated to excel by your playing, your teaching, and your personality as well as from being around and playing with the other guys there and your rhythm section.So thanks so much for taking me into the class and for everything, and hopefully I will see you around! Maybe I can make it back for the 25th anniversary.Thanks Lieb.
Greg Blair - 2010
I'm just arriving in France and I send this email to say thank you again
for this second Masterclass at Stroudsburg.
I'm coming to this masterclass to regenerate my musical language and at
the end, I come back with a complete musical world and humanness in budding. And that's because of you, because of your deepness musicality, humanity and always a colorful man who embodies Jazz.
Thank you again.Yours...
Olivier Suavan - 2010/2011