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Paul Lieberman

Early in saxophone and flute player Paul Lieberman’s career during a session at Mickey Hart’s, Gil Evans commented to Airto “everything he plays sounds right”—and David Sanborn responded to a NY performance with a surprise kiss. Paul’s critically acclaimed new CD “Ibeji” reached multiple best of the year lists and generated nominations for Latin Jazz Flutist of the Year & Brazilian Jazz Album of the Year. It looks at Brazilian music and Jazz as twin children of Mother Africa separated at birth, raised in distant parts of the world and now reunited, with the stellar support Rufus Reid & Nilson Matta on bass, Duduka da Fonseca, Tim Horner, and Allman Brothers co-founder Jaimoe on drums, Joel Martin on piano, and Eugene Friesen on cello.
 Reviewers say “Lieberman [who] is a soulful player on any instrument, conveying deep emotional content...demonstrates his instrumental mastery and also reveals himself as a formidable composer” in this “stunning, heartfelt, and emotional” recording. With “high musicianship displayed with emotion, laid bare” the “sparkling originals” and “fascinating” arrangements “enchant” and “celebrate life to its fullest” in this “beguiling mix”. “Blessed with 2 cracker-jack rhythm sections” the “oh-so-sweet” CD “shines” with “‘soul’ music through and through” that “combines technique, intelligence, experience, emotions, and risk-taking that pushes the musician beyond the ordinary or the commonplace.” With “one of the best covers of a Beatles tune by a jazz player, a beat that floats on every track...pervasive ensemble joie de vivre” and an original that “sent chills up my spine” “Ibeji is a hell of an accomplishment... and displays, quite brilliantly, the commonalities of these music heritages.”

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”...swinging...authentic...beautiful...” - Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times (Jan 11, 2012)

“Lieberman [uses] two ensembles:..and displays, quite brilliantly, the commonalities of these music heritages. Two ensembles, two sets of compositions, two sources of music...a single cohesive album that flows wondrously from first note to last...high musicianship displayed with emotion, laid bare... Ibeji is a hell of an accomplishment, and it easily ranks in the Top Five of my favorite albums of 2011.” - Dave Sumner, Bird Is The Worm (Jan 19, 2012)

Good God, this song is beautiful

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Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Flute/saxophone technique, & jazz improvisation for any instrument. BA in Music from Yale University, MM in Jazz Composition and Arranging at UMass Amherst. I have taught private lessons during the last 30 years, have made Featured Artist and Master Class appearances at area colleges, and was hired by UMass as full-time faculty in the African-American Music and Jazz Studies Program, where taught Jazz Theory/Improv, Graduate Jazz Analysis, led a big band, and coached chamber ensembles. Lessons are on a sliding scale of $30-50 per hour.

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Self Produced


Azul No Verde E Amarelo

From: Ibeji
By Paul Lieberman

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