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NEA Jazz Master David Liebman at Vonn Jazz, Nov. 2

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by Mark Subel on October 18, 2011

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is proud to present an evening of music from award-winning jazz musician and NEA Jazz Master, David Liebman and his quartet. As part of its Inside Track concert series, JAG will bring a bit of New York City to Vonn Jazz Supperclub for two shows (7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, November 2.

David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career that has spanned over four decades — beginning in the 1970s as the saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups, continuing as a leader since. He has played on nearly 350 recordings with over 100 under his leadership or co-leadership. In jazz education 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, and Developing a Personal Saxophone Sound, translated into several languages, in addition to teaching DVDs, journalistic contributions to periodicals and published chamber music.

Liebman was born into a musical family in Brooklyn, New York. 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, Village Vanguard and Half Note. Throughout
high school and college, Liebman pursued his jazz interest by studying with
saxophone guru Joe Allard as well as jazz musicians 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.

His devotion and love for his music paved the way for Liebman to play
alongside great names in music like Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, and Chic
Corea, among others. Of his time with these celebrated musicians, Liebman
says, “There are things that you get from being around greatness that can
never be replaced by a book or by a classroom.”

A longtime contributor to the advancement of jazz, Liebman was awarded the
prestigious NEA Masters of Jazz Award for 2011, the highest honor America
bestows on jazz artists. He is also a multiple Grammy nominee and has been
inducted into the International Jazz Educators Hall of Fame. He has
consistently placed in the top three places for Soprano Saxophone in the
Downbeat Critic’s Poll since 1973, winning first place in both the Downbeat
and Jazz Times Critic’s Poll in 2011.

His teaching activities at universities and in clinic settings have taken
him literally around the world as a result of his varied musical directions
and expertise on several instruments, along with an ability to articulate
the intricacies of the jazz language, aesthetic and technique. Over the
years, he has regularly received grantees to study with him funded by the
NEA (U.S.), the Canadian Arts Council, as well as arts councils of numerous
European countries. In 1989 he founded the International Association of
Schools of Jazz (IASJ), an organization dedicated to networking educators
and students from international jazz schools through periodic meetings,
exchange programs and newsletters. Liebman presently serves as the Artistic
Director of the IASJ and is Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of
Music.

On November 2, Liebman will be sharing the spotlight with his quartet, whom
he has been playing with since 1991. Accomplished musicians, bassist Tony
Marino, guitarist Vic Juris, and drummer Marko Marcinko, will join Liebman
onstage for what is sure to be a night of exceptional jazz.

Single tickets are on sale now for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For
full concert details and ticket information call 614-294-5200 or visit
www.jazzartsgroup.org

Read more about Dave Liebman on the web: http://www.daveliebman.com/

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