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Dave Liebman: Hard Work

Saxophonist and educator doesn't slow down after being honored as a Jazz Master by the NEA

Dave Liebman (photo: Matt Vashlishan)
Dave Liebman (photo: Matt Vashlishan)

He is always, always busy, they’ll tell you. Dave Liebman’s inexhaustible work ethic is what makes the most profound impression on his colleagues. “It’s almost as if he’s on a mission,” says Gunnar Mossblad, a saxophonist who plays in and directs the Liebman Big Band. “We’ll work on a whole bunch of things, then we each go on tour … and when I check back in he’s found another project.”

“Lieb works extremely hard,” agrees Vic Juris, Liebman’s guitarist for nearly two decades. “He’s very organized, very professional. And he expects that from people who work for him.”

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.