David Liebman

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Steve Smith, Anthony Jackson, David Liebman and Aydin Esen
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David Liebman at Litchfield Jazz Camp
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Saxophone Summit, L-R: David Liebman, Joe Lovano and Ravi Coltrane
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Lynn Seaton and David Liebman at the 2000 IAJE Conference
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David Liebman was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 4, 1946. He began classical piano lessons at the age of nine and saxophone by twelve. His interest in jazz was sparked by seeing John Coltrane perform live in New York City clubs such as Birdland, Village Vanguard and Half Note. Throughout high school and college, Liebman pursued his jazz interest by studying with saxophone guru Joe Allard as well as jazz musicians Lennie Tristano and Charles Lloyd. Upon graduation from New York University (with a degree in American History), he began to seriously devote himself to the full time pursuit of being a jazz artist.

In the early 1970s, Liebman took the leading organizational role as Founder and President of Free Life Communication, a cooperative of several dozen young musical. Free Life became an integral part of the fertile New York "loft" jazz scene in this period and was funded by The New York State Council of the Arts with a residence in the Space for Innovative Development with several other famous performing groups (the Alwin Nicolais Ballet Company).

After one year spent with Ten Wheel Drive, one of the early jazz fusion groups, Liebman secured the coveted saxophone/flute position in the group of John Coltrane’s ex-drummer, Elvin Jones. Within two years, Liebman reached the zenith of his apprenticeship period when the legendary trumpeter Miles Davis hired him. These years from 1970 thru 1974 were filled with tours, recordings and the incredible experience gained by being on the band stand with two masters of jazz. At the same time, Liebman began exploring his own music-first in the Open Sky Trio with Bob Moses and then with pianist Richie Beirach in the group Lookout Farm. This group recorded for the German based ECM label as well as A&M Records and touring the U.S., Canada, India, Japan and Europe.

In 1977, Liebman did a world tour with pianist Chick Corea followed by the formation of the David Liebman Quintet with John Scofield as featured sideman. After several world tours and recordings by the quintet over three years, he reunited with Richard Beirach in the duo format and formed the group Quest in 1981. Beginning with bassist George Mraz and drummer Al Foster, the group solidified with the addition of bassist Ron McClure and drummer Billy Hart. Through 1991 the group recorded seven CDs, toured extensively and did many workshops with students worldwide, garnering high critical praise worldwide. (Most recently the group has reunited for selected tours and new recordings.)

Lieb’s present steady working group which has been together since 1991 includes guitarist Vic Juris, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Marko Marcinko. With these musicians he has pursued an eclectic direction in recording projects that has ranged from jazz standards to Puccini arias, adaptations from the John Coltrane and Miles Davis repertoires, original compositions in styles ranging from world music to fusion and free jazz, always maintaining a repertoire that balances the past, present and future.

Over the past several decades, Liebman has often been featured with top European musicians such as Joachim Kuhn, Daniel Humair, Paolo Fresu, Jon Christensen, Bobo Stenson, Michel Portal, Wolfgang Reisinger and Jean-Paul Celea among others. His reputation in Europe has led to big band and radio orchestra performances with the WDR in Koln, Germany; Metropole Orchestra, Netherlands; “new music” groups Klangforum, Vienna, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain from Paris, playing music specially commissioned to feature Lieb's unique soprano saxophone style.

He has consistently placed among the top three finalists of the Downbeat Critics Poll since 1973 in the Soprano Saxophone category. David has been featured on nearly three hundred and fifty recordings, of which he has been the leader or co-leader on one hundred fifty with several hundred original compositions written and recorded. His artistic output has ranged from straight ahead classic jazz to chamber music; from fusion to avant garde and world music.

Lieb’s published materials include a wide variety of books considered classics in the field as well as instructional DVDs and chamber music (Aebersold Publications, Caris Music and Advance Music): Self Portrait of A Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony And Melody, Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound, several of which have been translated into multiple languages.

His teaching activities at universities and in clinic settings have taken him literally around the world as a result of his varied musical directions and expertise on several instruments, along with an ability to articulate the intricacies of the jazz language, aesthetic and technique. Over the years, he has regularly received grantees to study with him funded by the NEA (U.S.), the Canadian Arts Council, as well as arts councils of numerous European countries. In 1989 he founded the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ), an organization dedicated to networking educators and students from international jazz schools through periodic meetings, exchange programs and newsletters. Liebman presently serves as the Artistic Director of the IASJ and is Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music, NYC. Liebman has consistently placed in the top three position of the Downbeats Critic’s Poll for Best Soprano Saxophone since 1973.

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Articles on David Liebman

09/09/13    Concerts    By Mike Shanley

Review: The 34th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

11/13/12    Features    By Lewis Porter

Dave Liebman: When Miles Came Calling

09/25/12    Education    By David Liebman

Jazz Education in the Century of Change: Beyond the Music

09/24/12    Books    By Matt R. Lohr

What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist
Dave Liebman in Conversation with Lewis Porter

09/05/11    Artist's Choice    By David Liebman

Artist's Choice: David Liebman on John Coltrane

06/24/11    Jazz Video Guy    By Bret Primack

Michael Brecker & David Liebman

04/22/11    Jazz Video Guy    By Bret Primack

Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, David Liebman: Locomotion

04/15/11    Jazz Video Guy    By Bret Primack

Phil Markowitz, Joe Lovano and the Saxophone Summit: Coltrane's Meditations Suite

April 2011    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

Turnaround
The Dave Liebman Group

April 2011    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

Turnaround
The Dave Liebman Group

01/12/11    News    By Lee Mergner

NEA Jazz Masters Honored in NYC

03/27/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Cape Town Jazz Fest Turns 10

03/27/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Merkin Concert Hall Announces Spring Jazz Series

January/February 2009    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Top 50 CDs

November 2008    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Live at the Village Vanguard
Pendulum: Liebman, Brecker, Beirach, Tusa, Foster

September 2008    Albums    By Steve Futterman

Depth of Emotion
Ed Saindon & David Liebman

June 2008    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Seraphic Light
Saxophone Summit

January/February 2008    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Dream of Nite
David Liebman/Robert Tarenzi/Paolo Benedittini/Tony Arco

March 2007    Albums    By Bill Meredith

Back on the Corner
David Liebman/Anthony Jackson/Mike Stern/Tony Marino/Marko Marcinko/Vic Juris

December 2006    Albums    By Scott Albin

Vienna Dialogues
David Liebman & Bobby Avey

December 2006    Albums    By Scott Albin

Vienna Dialogues
David Liebman & Bobby Avey

September 2006    Albums    By Forrest Dylan Bryant

We Three: Three For All
David Liebman/Steve Swallow/Adam Nussbaum

September 2006    Albums    By Forrest Dylan Bryant

We Three: Three For All
David Liebman/Steve Swallow/Adam Nussbaum

September 2006    News    By Ed Berger

Impulse Records: Impressive Impulses

January/February 2006    DVDs    By Owen Cordle

David Liebman Teaches and Plays: A Day at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops
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November 2005    Fused    By Ron Wynn

Fusion for Miles: A Guitar Tribute
Various Artists

November 2005    Fused    By Ron Wynn

Flashpoint
Steve Smith, David Liebman, Aydin Esen, Anthony Jackson

November 2005    Fused    By Ron Wynn

Flashpoint
Steve Smith, David Liebman, Aydin Esen, Anthony Jackson

November 2005    Fused    By Ron Wynn

Fusion for Miles: A Guitar Tribute
Various Artists

October 2005    Albums    By David Franklin

Manhattan Dialogues
David Liebman and Phil Markowitz

October 2005    Albums    By David Franklin

Manhattan Dialogues
David Liebman and Phil Markowitz

06/14/05    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Playboy Jazz Festival 2005

June 2005    Features    By Joshua Redman

Sonny Rollins Interviewed by Joshua Redman: Newk's Time

June 2005    Saxophonics    By Chris Kelsey

Different but the Same
David Liebman, Ellery Eskelin, Tony Marino, Jim Black

June 2005    Saxophonics    By Chris Kelsey

Different but the Same
David Liebman, Ellery Eskelin, Tony Marino, Jim Black

January/February 2005    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

The Year '04 in Review: Top 50 CDs

October 2004    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Gathering of Spirits
Michael Brecker/Joe Lovano/David Liebman

July/August 2004    Saxophonics    By Chris Kelsey

In a Mellow Tone
David Liebman Group

June 2004    Big Bands    By Harvey Siders

Beyond the Line
David Liebman Big Band

April 2004    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

Conversation
David Liebman

October 2002    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Latin Genesis
David Liebman/Don Braden/Dan Moretti

09/28/02    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

All Things Must Pass: A Tribute To George Harrison

04/23/02    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Cape May Jazz Festival 2002 - Spring

January/February 2002    Albums    By Mike Quinn

Time Immemorial
David Liebman with Walter Quintus

January/February 2002    Albums    By Mike Quinn

The Unknown Jobim
David Liebman Group

May 2000    News    By Lee Mergner

IAJE 2000 in NOLA

April 1999    Albums    By Harvey Pekar

The Elements: Water, Giver of Life
David Liebman

June 1998    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Paths of Creativity: In Pursuit of Individuality in the Conformist '90s

June 1998    Albums    By Bill Bennett

John Coltrane's Meditations
David Liebman Ensemble

April 1998    Albums    By Willard Jenkins

Inner Voices
Abbey Radar and David Liebman

November 1997    Albums    By Harvey Pekar

New Vista
David Liebman

March 1997    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Voyage
David Liebman

Albums

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John Coltrane's Meditations

Arkadia Records
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Time Immemorial

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The Unknown Jobim

GMN

Bookends

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Colors

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Beyond the Line

OmniTone

Mosaic Select 12

Mosaic Records
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Different but the Same

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Grey Matters

Magellan
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Dream of Nite

Verve
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Vienna Dialogues

Zoho
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We Three: Three For All

Challenge Records
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Manhattan Dialogues

Zoho
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Flashpoint

Tone Center
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Fusion for Miles: A Guitar Tribute

Tone Center
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The Elements: Water, Giver of Life

Arkadia Records

Voyage

Evidence Music
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New Vista

Arkadia Records
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Latin Genesis

Whaling City Sound
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Conversation

Sunnyside
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In a Mellow Tone

Zoho
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Gathering of Spirits

Telarc
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Seraphic Light

Telarc
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Back on the Corner

Tone Center
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Depth of Emotion

World Improvised
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Day and Night

Cornerstone Records
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Live at the Village Vanguard

Mosaic Records
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Negative Space

Verve

Inner Voices

Abray Productions

Live ... As Always

MAMA Records

Quest for Freedom

Sunnyside
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Searching for the New Sound of Be-Bop

Storyville
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Turnaround

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