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Live Trane: Never Before, Never After

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NEA Jazz Master and much celebrated saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator and author Dave Liebman recounts the life-changing experiences of witnessing live performances by John Coltrane as told to Dave Kaufman. I always say my epiphany was the first time I saw Coltrane in February of 1962 at Birdland. The fact that I even knew about Birdland at 15 years old was because I was invited to go there a few months earlier by some of the older guys ...


Dave Liebman and Michael Kaplan: How Does the Brain Make All that Jazz?

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With recent advances in neuroscience, the relationship between music and the brain has become the subject of new research and generated a great deal of public interest. Best sellers like Oliver Sacks' Musicophilia (Knopf, 2007) and Daniel Levitin's This Is Your Brain On Music (Dutton Penguin, 2006) have brought the attention of a wider public to the mysterious ways in which the billions of neurons (nerve cells) in our brain hear, process, and produce sounds that are meaningful and even ...


Dave Liebman: Expansions: The Puzzle

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The Puzzle is the terrfic follow-up recording by David Liebman's new group, Expansions, the first being Samsara. No sophomore jinx here; if anything, the group has coalesced further and is even tighter. To throw out a (perhaps meaningless) label, this music could be called hyper-bop in its mix of well-placed dissonance, rhythmic displacements and the pure joy of blowing. Yes, it can get heady, but this music is anything but sterile and passion, of either high or low ...


Dave Liebman Expansions at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Dave Liebman Expansions Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA March 11, 2016 The pleasure of hearing Dave Liebman with his personally honed groups is that despite or because of personnel changes, they never stop transforming and expanding in scope and depth. In this incarnation of Liebman's now legendary groups, in addition to perennial sidekick bassist Tony Marino, his crew consists of younger musicians who are nevertheless quite capable of engaging on an equal level with Liebman, ...


A Day With Dave Liebman

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A Day With Dave Liebman National Concert Hall jny:Dublin, Ireland January 31, 2016 Lasting the course in jazz, that's to say, building a successful career that, just like any other job, spans more than half a lifetime, brings with it a wealth of knowledge and experience. Sharing that knowledge with young, aspiring jazz musicians has long been a part of jazz culture, even if the mentoring role of myth and legend in late-night jazz ...


Dave Liebman at Whelans

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Dave Liebman Whelans jny:Dublin, Ireland January 31, 2016 It was a full house at Whelans for NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman, and, it has to be said, an especially attentive crowd. In fact, the bar of this famous Dublin venue can rarely have had such a quiet evening, during the two plus hours of boldly improvised music. And the relative silence of the crowd throughout the concert was not so much the in-the-church-of-jazz reverence ...


Ornette Coleman Tribute at Blue Note NYC

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Dave Liebman & Friends Blue Note New York, NY June 23, 2015 It's not often one can claim a musician to have redefined the jazz landscape, but that's exactly what saxophonist Dave Liebman said of the late Ornette Coleman (1930-2015), subject of a spontaneous tribute at the Blue Note in New York. Since making his 1959 debut in that city's Five Spot Café, Coleman broadcast his grip on the genre at its very core, ...


Dave Liebman: Expansions: The Puzzle

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NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Dave Liebman has kept his music alive and generative for five decades with a prolific recording output, forming signature groups that push the musical envelope, and advancing new ideas within time-tested parameters. His current group, Expansions, allows him to interact with younger musicians, both as a mentor and as a way of exposing his creative impulses to new influences. “Young" in jazz doesn't always mean newcomers-- these guys are consummate and seasoned players, and they love ...

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