January 24, 2006

photo by Wolfgang Gonaus

Saxophonist David Liebman

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Saxophonist David Liebman & friends will perform in a jazz concert Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

Joining Liebman will be Bobby Avey, keys; Joe Michaels, bass; and Phil Haynes, drums. The concert, which is free to the public, is part of the Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesday series produced for the university by Phil Haynes.

In the early 1970s, Liebman took a leading role in the New York "loft" jazz scene, followed by stints with Miles Davis and Chick Corea as well as the David Liebman Quintet (with John Scofield, Kenny Kirkland and Terumasa Hino) and the quartet Quest (with Richie Beirach, Ron McClure and Billy Hart.) Liebman's current group, formed in 1991, includes guitarist Vic Juris, bassist Tony Marino, and drummer Marko Marcinko.

Since 1973, he has consistently placed among the top finalists in the Downbeat Critics' Poll in the Soprano Saxophone category. Featured on nearly 300 recordings, Liebman was nominated for a Grammy for Best Solo Performance in 1998 and inducted into the International Association of Jazz Educator's Hall of Fame in 2000.

Bobby Avey, a junior at the Purchase Conservatory of Music, has studied with Liebman, Hal Galper, Phil Markowitz and Charles Blenzig. A past winner of the Downbeat student music awards for original composition, Avey has played original music with Jon Faddis in Manhattan and appeared at the 55 Bar with his own trio. Recent activities include fronting a quartet at the Cota Jazz Festival and recording a duo album with Liebman featuring the works of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Mahler.

Joe Michaels, who began his musical career as a guitarist in a garage band, has studied with Bill Dixon, Paul Bley and David Liebman. Michaels appeared at the 2002 JVC Jazz Festival in New York City. In addition to performances with Liebman, Haynes and Avey, he has played with Bill Goodwin, Tom Guarna, Jerry Harris, Nelson Hill, Joe Hunt, Marko Marcinko, Sam Morrison, Rich Perry, Jim Ridl, Jay Rosen and Tim Warfield and on two releases with guitarist Andy Cheshire.

Phil Haynes, an original member of the Paul Smoker Trio, has been featured on more than 40 releases by American and European record companies. Critics have compared his drumming to the masters Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, and his compositions to Ives, Mingus and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He has 10 recordings as a leader including Continuum with violinist Mark Feldman, The Hammond Insurgency with organist Jeff Palmer, and the new solo percussion recording Sanctuary. Haynes' varied professional associations also include Tim Berne, Don Byron, Marilyn Crispell, Joe Daley, Ken Filiano, Charles Gayle, Mark Helias, Lindsay Horner, Ingrid Jensen, Frank Lacy, Michele Rosewoman, Louis Sclavis, John Tchicai, Gebhard Ullmann and Tom Varner.

Jazz at Bucknell is conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries to the campus and surrounding community several times each year. Programming will showcase the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the Avant-Garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

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Story posted Jan. 24, 2006

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