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Dave Liebman, acclaimed artist and Founder/Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) speaks at the end of each annual Jazz Meeting to the students and teachers from over twenty countries. (IASJ Jazz Meetings have been going on since 1990.) This final talk from 2016 at Berklee College (Boston) was both inspiring and practical, a delicate balance that Lieb is known for espousing when he lectures. Dave discusses important topics towards inspiring young musicians to find their way in the current music industry and the world in general, emphasizing the need to communicate positive energy through the music.
Topics Covered: How to reinforce and practice new information; principles of good practicing and “learning how to learn;” art vs. craft; historical evolution of the artist’s role in society; finding oneself artistically; developing and nurturing a “world view;” one’s responsibility as an artist to society.
NEA Jazz Master David Liebman’s career has spanned nearly five decades, beginning in the early 1970s as the saxophone/flutist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups, continuing as a bandleader since. He has played on over five hundred recordings with nearly two hundred under his leadership or co-leadership. In the jazz education field he is a renowned lecturer and author of several milestone books: “Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist,” “A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody,” “Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound,” (translated into multiple languages), in addition to teaching DVDs, journalistic contributions to periodicals and published chamber music.
His autobiography “What It Is” (Scarecrow Press) is a fascinating look into Lieb’s career.
Lieb is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) since 1989, which is a worldwide network of schools from nearly 40 countries. Liebman’s awards, besides the NEA honor, include the Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Legends of Jazz (2013); the Order of Arts and Letters (France 2009); Jazz Journalist’s award for Soprano Saxophone (2007); Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Solo (1998); Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland-1997). He is currently Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music and guest lecturer at both the University of Toronto and Berklee College of Music. Dave has consistently placed in the top positions for Soprano Saxophone in both the Downbeat and Jazz Times polls since 1973.