Through the Eyes of Dave Liebman

Dave Liebman

This week’s podcast is a very special event here at Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever. as we interview saxophone giant David Liebman.

A Brief History

Having been featured on nearly three hundred and fifty recordings as both a leader and a sideman, living saxophone legend David Liebman is one of the most influential voices on his instrument.

As a youngster, he was inspired by seeing John Coltrane perform live in some of the most illustrious jazz clubs throughout New York City. A leader in the 1970’s “loft” jazz scene in New York, Mr. Liebman’s career began with game-changing stints in the groups of legendary artists such as Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, and Chick Corea.

As a leader or co-leader of his own groups including Lookout Farm, Quest, and several groups under his own name, he has pursued an eclectic direction spanning virtually every style of music under the sun.

Some of the other luminaries that Mr. Liebman has performed with as both a leader and a sideman include Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Richie Beirach, John Scofield, Al Foster, Billy Hart, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette, as well as big band and radio orchestra performances throughout Europe.

Placing among the top three finalists of the Downbeat Critics Poll year after year, in 2011 he placed first in the Jazz Times Critic’s Poll.

As an educator, Mr. Liebman has visited universities and held clinics worldwide, and his published materials are considered classics in the field.

2011 saw him receiving the National Endowment for the Arts 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award—the nation’s highest honor in jazz music.

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