February 23, 2011


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Dave Liebman Group will perform on the Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series on March 2 at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, will include Dave Liebman, saxophones; Vic Juris, guitars; Tony Marino, bass; and Marko Marcinko, drums.

Four decade career
Liebman's career began in the early 1970s, performing and recording in the groups of drummer Elvin Jones and Miles Davis. Since then he has led his own groups (Lookout Farm, Quest,The Dave Liebman Group) featuring musicians such as John Scofield, Richie Beirach, Billy Hart, Adam Nussbaum, Al Foster, John Abercrombie and Vic Juris.

Liebman, who has consistently placed among the top three in the Downbeat Critics Poll for soprano saxophone since 1973, is considered by critics as one of the main exponents of this very specialized instrument. He received the NEA Masters of Jazz Award, the highest honor in jazz given by the United States, earlier this year.

He has been featured on nearly 350 recordings, of which he has been the leader or co-leader on 150 with several hundred original compositions published. His repertoire ranges from original adaptations of standard material — Ornette Coleman,West Side Story, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cole Porter, Alec Wilder, Puccini, Jobim, Kurt Weill — to 20th century-inspired classical music, from fusion to his own big band and free jazz ensembles.

Artist-in-residence at the Manhattan School of Music, Liebman has produced several instructional DVDs and books, most notably "Self Portrait of A Jazz Artist", "A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Melody and Harmony" and "Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound" with multiple translations to other languages.

Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing 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.

Jazz residency events
Liebman also will participate in several other events at Bucknell as part of his jazz artist in residency.

On March 2 at noon, Liebman will perform with the Bucknell Improvisation Intensive Ensemble performance in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building. This event is sponsored by the Kushell Music Endowment.

On March 3 at noon, Liebman will present an open rehearsal with drummer Phil Haynes in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

On March 3 at 7 p.m., Liebman will give the Samuel Williams Colloquium on Jazz and Culture lecture at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. Following the lecture, Liebman and Haynes will give a faculty concert. Event sponsors include the Kushell Music Endowment.

Contact: Division of Communications



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