Dudley House and the Harvard University Office for the Arts are proud to present an evening with international saxophone icon Dave Liebman.
The evening will feature the saxophonist in several contexts, beginning with performances of his own compositions with the Dudley House Jazz Combo and Big Band. The concert will culminate with the world premiere of Lewis Porter's Concerto for Saxophone, performed by Liebman and the Dudley House Symphony Orchestra. The concert serves as the culmination of a two-day Harvard residency for Liebman and Porter, the first such residency organized by Dudley House.
David Liebman is one of the leading forces in contemporary jazz. Since gaining notoriety performing in the groups of Miles Davis and Elvin Jones, he has exerted a great influence as a saxophonist, bandleader, composer, author and educator. Recognized as a NEA Jazz Master, he has been granted the French Order of Arts and Letters and an Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. He is an internationally renowned teacher and pedagogue and has mentored many of today's most promising young jazz musicians worldwide.
Lewis Porter, Ph.D., is a jazz pianist, composer, and author. He has served as professor of music at Rutgers University in Newark since 1986, and he is the founder and director of the university's master's program in jazz history and research. Liebman and Porter have collaborated on a number of projects, including a CD with guest artist, guitarist Mark Ribot (Enja, September 2012). They have also collaborated on Liebman's autobiography, What It Is, which will be published in March 2012.
The Dudley House Jazz Band and Dudley Symphony Orchestra are ensembles of graduate students from Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, as well as Harvard undergraduates and community members. The jazz band specializes in performance of little known historic repertoire, including a 2010 debut of a new arrangement of Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite.