Lydia Liebman is a music industry professional with experience as a publicist, radio professional, reporter and jazz vocalist. She is the Founder, Lead Publicist and Creative Director of Lydia Liebman Promotions.
Full Biography: Lydia Liebman was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on November 11, 1991.
Raised in Stroudsburg, PA, she began jazz vocal lessons at the age of 10 with Nancy Reed
(Duke Ellington All Star Band, John Coates Jr.) and classical voice lessons at age 13 with
Shellie Bransford (Metropolitan Opera Guild Program Director, Creating Original Opera
Program). Her interest in music began with an early love for musical theater and soon she
developed an interest in jazz. Throughout her high school period, Liebman performed
often in theatrical productions as well as a variety of jazz festivals and venues.
Of note, Liebman participated and performed with the Camp Broadway Program in New
York City for two years, as well as taking part in the International Association of Schools of
Jazz conferences in Den Haag, Netherlands and Lucerne, Switzerland. She performed for
three years as the featured singer of the COTA Cats Big Band and in local productions of
Oklahoma, Bye Bye Birdie and Guys & Doll. She was also chosen to be part of the highly
selective All State Vocal Jazz Ensemble for two years.
Along with her musical endeavors, Liebman was part of the Pennsylvania chapter of Future
Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and in the Client Service category, went on to place
ninth in the nation.
Upon graduation from Stroudsburg High School, Lydia went on to attend Emerson College
to pursue a B.A. in Producing. During this period, she also attended Berklee College of
It was during this period that Liebman discovered her love for broadcast media and music
business. During her first semester of college, she was chosen to create and produce her
own jazz radio program for Internet radio station WECB. Thus, Reeds & Deeds II was born
and aired throughout her entire college career, a full four years.
Through her radio program, Liebman interviewed artists such as Pat Metheny, Kurt Elling,
Jason Moran and more. Her radio program led her to be a host of the 2012 Berklee
Beantown Jazz Festival.
Following her first successful semester at WECB, the current managers took notice and
hired her to be the Operations Manager of the station. Liebman was then selected to
become the General Manager of the station, a title she currently still holds.
While at WECB, Liebman also began to work on air at 88.9 WERS. There, she became an on
air host during the Daytime hours but soon transitioned to the Urban department where
she hosted The Secret Spot, a program featuring soul music. During this period, she also
went on to become an Administrative Assistant for the station.
During the summer of 2012, Liebman interned at Sirius XM’s famed Real Jazz station with
broadcast guru Mark Ruffin. It was through this internship that she gained experience
working with Dalet and attended the Montreal Jazz Festival as an assistant to Ruffin.
Parallel to her radio endeavors, Liebman began building a promotional business during her
second year of college. What began as a flyer designing business for Berklee students soon
went on to become a full-fledged public relations firm spearheaded by Liebman. Past and
current clients include Francisco Mela, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Danilo Perez, Dave
Liebman, Christiane Karam, Eddie Gomez, JazzBoston, the Italian Consulate of Boston and
To bolster her marketing experience during summer 2013, Liebman served as a marketing
intern at Ted Kurland Associates in Boston.
She has lead many workshops concerning promotions and has been featured as a guest
speaker. In January 2014, Liebman was hired to be the Assistant to the Executive Director
of the Panama Jazz Festival under Patricia Zarate.
In March 2014, Liebman was elected to the Board of Directors of JazzBoston.
One of the most important professional aspects of Liebman’s career was her position as an
intern in summer 2011 at Education Update, an award-winning monthly publication that
covers education in New York City. Following her internship, Liebman took up the position
of reporter. Through Education Update, Liebman assisted in the interviews of Joyce Cowin,
Tina Santi Flaherty, and Richard Kessler, Dean of Mannes School of Music. She also covered
the 2012 Imagination Summit at Lincoln Center as well as the 2013 National Summit on
Liebman remains an active performer having released her debut album Familia featuring
the Dave Liebman Group on the Vector Disc label. During her college years, Liebman
performed at a variety of venues including the Deer Head Inn, the Falcon, Scullers Jazz
Club, the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Berklee College of Music and more.
Currently, Liebman is finishing her last semester at Emerson College and Berklee and hopes
to attain her MBA in the near future. She cites her mentors Mark Ruffin of Sirius XM, Pola
Rosen of Education Update and Howard Simpson and Jack Casey of WERS as being prime
influences in her professional life.
Along with her professional happenings, Liebman is an avid fashion lover whose style has
led to a feature in the Boston Globe. She is also an enthusiastic film buff and art lover.
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2016-06-15
I love jazz because my father is Dave Liebman. What else is there?
I was first exposed to jazz literally as I was being born.
I met Miles when my mom was pregnant with me. That counts right?
The best show I ever attended was Wayne Shorter in recent memory with Danilo, John and
Brian was epic.
The first jazz record I bought was John Coltrane at the Village Vanguard.
My advice to new listeners... start with the masters.