JAMBAR Presents: David Liebman Masterclass

Saturday, April 15, 2 - 4 pm PT (In-Person Workshop)

JAMBAR Presents: David Liebman Masterclass
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Theory and Improvisation
Day Sat
Instructor David Liebman
Status inperson event

Join NEA Jazz Master David Liebman for an open-to-the-public workshop on jazz improvisation at the CJC.

Liebman will work with student ensembles and cover key concepts in improvisation, drawing on his extensive career and collaborations with jazz legends like Miles Davis and Elvin Jones. An open Q&A period will also be included.

Over his 50-year career, Liebman has established himself as a renaissance man in contemporary music, recording over 500 albums with over 200 as a leader/co-leader featuring several hundred original compositions. He has also authored books and instructional DVDs, widely regarded as classics in the jazz field.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a jazz legend and “artist of integrity and independent direction.” – Downbeat Magazine.

This workshop is open to all members of the public interested in jazz improvisation.

About David Liebman

David Liebman is a highly accomplished saxophonist and flautist whose career has spanned almost five decades. He is widely recognized as a jazz master and has made significant contributions to the genre as both a performer and an educator.

Liebman’s career began in the early 1970s when he joined the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups as a saxophonist and flautist. He has since played on over 500 recordings, including nearly 200 under his leadership and co-leadership. His bands have included some of the most notable musicians in the industry, such as John Scofield, Richie Beirach, Bob Moses, and Billy Hart.

In addition to his impressive performance career, Liebman is also a renowned educator and author. He has written several milestone books on jazz, including Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody, and Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound, which have been translated into multiple languages. He has also contributed to various periodicals and published chamber music.

Liebman’s autobiography, What It Is-The Life Of A Jazz Artist, provides an intimate look into his career and is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of jazz.

Liebman is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ), which has been in existence since 1989 and is a worldwide network of schools from nearly 40 countries. His contributions to jazz education have earned him numerous awards, including the Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Legends of Jazz (2013), the Order of Arts and Letters (France 2009), and a Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland-1997).

Currently, Liebman teaches at the Manhattan School of Music and serves as a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music. He has consistently placed in the top positions for Soprano Saxophone in the Downbeat, Jazz Times, and JazzEd polls since 1973, demonstrating his continued influence and relevance in the jazz community.