Dave Liebman Group to jam on Main Campus Nov. 3

November 1, 2011 | Arts, UToday
By Angela Riddel

The Dave Liebman Group, from left, Vic Juris, Tony Marino, Marko Marcinko and Dave Liebman

The Dave Liebman Group will perform Thursday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Tickets — $5 for the public, and $3 for students and seniors — will be available at the door.

“The UT Jazz Program is very excited to welcome Dave Liebman and his fabulous group back to campus for what promises to be an exciting and spectacular night of music,” said Gunnar Mossblad, UT professor of music. “’Lieb’ is at the top of his game, one of the most renowned jazz saxophonist in the world today, and anytime he plays, people are spellbound by the music.”

Since 1991, Liebman has jammed with guitarist Vic Juris and bassist Tony Marino; drummer Marko Marcinko joined them in 2002.

In the nearly 20-year evolution of its music, this collective has delved into a wide variety of contemporary styles, ranging from bebop to free jazz, fusion to Brazilian. The group also has recorded nearly a dozen CDs of original music in these genres as well as repertoire material, including Puccini arias, Miles Davis and John Coltrane compositions, and most recently Ornette Coleman selections.

Performances have taken the band around the world. The quartet often combines teaching with concerts and has several play-along recordings available.

Liebman’s career has spanned more than four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the saxophonist/flutist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis groups, and later continuing as a leader. He has played on nearly 300 recordings with more than 100 under his leadership or co-leadership.

In jazz education, he is a renowned lecturer and author of several books, including How to Approach Standards Chromatically (2006), Self-Portrait of a Jazz Artist (1988) A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody (1991) and Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound (1989), which have been translated into several languages.

He founded the International Association of Schools of Jazz in 1989 and has served as director since.

The Grammy Award nominee has received the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters Award (2011) and France’s Order of Arts and Letters (2009).

He is artist in residence at the Manhattan School of Music and has consistently placed in the top three for soprano saxophone in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll since 1973, winning first place in both the Downbeat and Jazz Times polls in 2011.

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