Liebman, David

b. September 4, 1946 - New York, NY, USA /  

American jazz sorpano and tenor saxophonist, flutist and composer.  

David Liebman's career has spanned over three decades, beginning with his apprenticeship years in the early 1970s as the saxophonist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups. Since then he has lead his own groups featuring musicians of the stature of John Scofield, Adam Nussbaum, Richie Beirach, Billy Hart and others notables. Lieb has consistently placed among the top five soprano saxophonists in this category of the Downbeat Critic's Poll since his tenure with Miles Davis (1973).

David has played on nearly three hundred recordings with one hundred under his leadership or co-leadership. The repertoire has featured several hundred original compositions in many different idioms including reworkings of jazz standards, free jazz, chamber music, big band, fusion and piano/saxophone duos. In the jazz education field he is a renowned lecturer and author of several milestone books (Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist; A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody; Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound, etc.) which have been translated into other languages in addition to teaching videos and published chamber music.

Liebman is the Founder (1989) and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ), an organization of jazz schools from over 40 countries. Awards include two NEA performance and composition grants; Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) in 1997; Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Solo in 1998 and Best Big Band arrangement in 2004; induction into the International Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame in 2000; Pennsylvania Council of the Arts grant in 2005. He teaches in the Graduate Division for Jazz at the Manhattan School of Music.

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