Dave Liebman in Conversation with CJ Shearn

Dave Liebman is one of the most individual, inventive saxophonists and flautists in all of jazz. Over the course of his fifty year career, Liebman has played with Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Richie Beirach, McCoy Tyner and many others. He is also a superb jazz educator having founded the International Association for the Schools of Jazz in 1989, and is currently the Artist in Residence at Manhattan School of Music as well as guest lecturer at the University of Toronto, and Berklee School of Music. Liebman’s recent group Expansions featuring veteran bassist Tony Marino, and young guns, pianist Bobby Avey and altoist Matt Vashlishan released the critically acclaimed The Puzzle (Whaling City Sound, 2015).

I spoke with Liebman via telephone while he was on his way to a three night run at Smoke with Expansions where we discussed his saxophone intensive course at New York Jazz Workshop coming up July 25-27, and jazz education. My thanks to the legendary and gracious Dave Liebman for taking time out to speak with me.