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Expansions: Dave Liebman Group to perform at UT Oct. 15

The University of Toledo Music Department and the Jazz Studies Program will welcome Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group to campus Thursday, Oct. 15.

Liebman will present a master class at 2 p.m., and the group will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Both events will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group are, from left, Bobby Avey, Alex Ritz, Matt Vashlishan, Tony Marino and Liebman.

Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group are, from left, Bobby Avey, Alex Ritz, Matt Vashlishan, Tony Marino and Liebman.

Liebman’s impressive resumé includes playing saxophone and flute in the Miles Davis and Elvin Jones groups, multiple Grammy nominations, and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award. He also was named a Jazz Educators Network Legend of Jazz and is the founder and director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz.

The Expansions group looks toward the present generation of jazz musicians who have been schooled in conservatory and university settings. Expansions features pianist Bobby Avey, reedman Matt Vashlishan, drummer Alex Ritz, bassist Tony Marino and Liebman on the soprano saxophone and wooden flute.

The group specializes in elements of free jazz and re-arrangements of standards, all infused with the complex time signatures and harmonies being explored by new jazz artists.

Samsara,
Expansions’ first recording, was released in 2014. Midwest Record reviewed the release: “Playing with heat, passion and fire but not bombast, these forward-thinking jazzbos are sure to keep Liebman’s [National Endowment for the Arts] Master of Jazz Award shiny for many years to come.”

The master class is free and open to the public.

Tickets to the evening concert are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students and seniors 60 and older. Visit utoledo.tix.com.

Visit Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group at davidliebman.com.

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