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Dave Liebman

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: September 4, 1946    

Dave Liebman

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, the Village Vanguard and the Half Note. Throughout high school and college, Liebman pursued his jazz interest by studying with Joe Allard, 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 role (as President) in organizing several dozen musicians into a cooperative, Free Life Communication which became an integral part of the fertile New York “loft” jazz scene in the early 1970s and was funded by The New York State Council of the Arts and the Space for Innovative Development. After one year spent with Ten Wheel Drive, one of the early jazz fusion groups, Liebman secured the saxophone/flute position with the group of John Coltrane’s drummer, Elvin Jones. Within two years, Liebman reached the zenith of his apprenticeship period when Miles Davis hired him. These years, 1970-74, 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 while touring the U.S., Canada, India, Japan and Europe. Lookout Farm was awarded the number one position in the category “Group Deserving of Wider Recognition”in the 1976 Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics' Poll....
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”Liebman is one of the most important saxophonists in contemporary music... a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction.” --Downbeat Magazine
  • Lineage: Rock and Pop Classics Revisited

    Whaling City Sound
    2014
  • Lineage: Rock and Pop Classics Revisited

    Whaling City Sound
    2013
  • Sky Changes

    Jazzheads
    2012
  • Non Sequiturs

    Hatology
    2012
  • Dave Liebman/Richie Beirach: Unspoken

    OutNote Records
    2011
  • Relevance

    Red Toucan Records
    2010
  • Turnaround: The Music of Ornette Coleman

    Jazzwerkstatt Berlin-brandenburg E.v.
    2010
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