Happy Birthday Dave Liebman

September 4, 1946

Over the Rainbow

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Saxophonist and flutist Dave Liebman was born on September 4, 1946, in New York City, New York.

Liebman was inspired to take up jazz after seeing John Coltrane at NYC jazz clubs like the Village Vanguard and Half Note.

He quickly became a leading figure in the late ‘60s New York jazz scene. Miles Davis and Elvin Jones took note of his talent and hired him from 1971 to 1974.

Liebman was a member of the early jazz-fusion group Ten Wheel Drive for a year in the early ’70s and would become an important figure on the New York loft scene of the period.

Dave Liebman would record and tour the world extensively throughout the 1970s with bookings in Canada, India, Japan, Europe, and the U.S.

For his 1973 debut LP “Lookout Farm” he was awarded the number one slot for “Group Deserving of Wider Recognition”.

After leading the Dave Liebman Group for twenty-three years formed a new band “Expansions” with bassist Tony Marino, pianist Bobby Avey, reedman Matt Vashlishan, and drummer Alex Ritz.

His musical variety and multi-instrumental abilities have caused him to be an educator in high demand teaching at universities and clinics around the world.

Liebman has since co-authored his well-received biography “What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist” with musicologist Lewis Porter, published in 2012.

David Liebman performs live at Le Scimmie on February 9, 2009, in Milano, Italy.


David Liebman, soprano sax
Enrico Intra, piano


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