Presented By Learning From Performers
International saxophone icon David Liebman will lead a free master class with Harvard student musicians during his two-day residency, which also includes the world concert premiere of â€œThe Liebman Concerto, performed by Liebman and the Dudley House Orchestra on Thursday, April 19 at 8 pm in Paine Hall. Tickets and information:617.496.2222, Liebman's residency is presented by Dudley House with support from Learning From Performers and Harvard Department of Music.
David Liebman's career 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 three hundred recordings with over one hundred 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, contributions to periodicals and published chamber music.
He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) existing since 1989. Awards include the National Endowment of the Arts Masters of Jazz (2011); the Order of Arts and Letters (France 2009); Jazz Journalist's award for Soprano Saxophone (2007); Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Solo (1998); Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland-1997). He is currently Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music and 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.
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's Zodiac Suite.