In preparation for One Hour With Liebman at New York Jazz Workshop on August 28th, we present a primer with 5 slices of NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman. Of course, we will start from where he made his initial splash, with Elvin Jones. What makes Liebman so important besides being a brilliant educator is that he was among the first generation alongside the late Steve Grossman and Michael Brecker to really synthesize John Coltrane’s innovations and expand on them. Besides his association with Miles Davis and his participation on the landmark On The Corner (Columbia, 1972) around this period with the band Lookout Farm, he began an association to that has lasted to the present day with pianist Richie Beirach. He co lead the powerhouse ensemble Pendulum that featured Beirach, Randy Brecker, Frank Tusa on bass and drummer Al Foster, and the tradition of take no prisoners acoustic jazz continued into the 80’s with Quest. Both ensembles are underrated within the narrative of the music that helped spawn the Young Lions movement.
Liebman has kept his finger on the pulse of creative improvised music, and had several releases on Whaling City Sound with his band Expansions. The reservation only intensive begins at 12 noon via Zoom and has a suggested donation of $20