Improvised Music Company

A Day with Lieb

Presented by Improvised Music Company & The National Concert Hall

€25 'Day With Lieb' Day Ticket includes; Talk, 3 Masterclasses observation (at the National Concert Hall) & evening Concert (in Whelan's)

Dave Liebman Trio: featuring Gerry Hemingway and Ronan Guilfoyle ::
8pm, Sunday 31st January :: Whelans, Dublin 2 :: Tickets €15

Masterclasses with Dave Liebman :: 2-5pm. Sunday 31st January
The Engineering Library, National Concert Hall, Dublin 2


Talk by Dave Liebman :: 12-1pm, Sunday 31st January
The Engineering Library, National Concert Hall, Dublin 2
Tickets for just the talk €10

€25 'Day With Lieb' Ticket includes Lunchtime Talk, 3 Masterclasses in the NCH + evening Concert at 8pm in Whelan's

Soprano saxophonist David Liebman, whose distinguished career includes extended periods with Miles Davis and Elvin Jones in addition to his own important groups like Quest and Lookout Farm, has taken the most active interest in Ireland, and four years since his last memorable visit, he’s back in the performer, mentor and educator capacities in which he excels.

With his darkly intense tone, sinuous lines and masterful control of volatile chromaticism, Liebman has a unique musical vocabulary that is emotive, powerful and direct. He’s also one of the most generous spirits and forthright thinkers in jazz today, an inspirational teacher and a seminal link to the artists, like Miles, who still cast a long shadow in creative music.

Whelan’s has been a happy hunting ground for Liebman over the years, and here he’s reunited with Ronan Guilfoyle, the Irish bassist with whom he enjoys a special rapport that stretches back over two decades. It’s the sort of company that requires a drummer who can stir to the pot, with an old school commitment to fast terrain and long form blowing as well as bringing their own expansive sound world to the table. Step up Gerry Hemingway, one of the USA’s most creative percussionists and another musician who has been at the forefront of creative improvisation for over three decades.

In addition to this one-off Whelan’s performance, Liebman will give an engaging lunchtime talk on his times with titans of the idiom like Miles and Jones, as well as facilitate three masterclasses with aspiring young jazz professionals, which will be open to the public, for a nominal fee, so that audiences can have a sneak peak at the creative process. The lunchtime talk and masterclasses will take place at the National Concert Hall.

David Liebman

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.

Liebman is arguably the reigning king of the soprano, as well as one of the most complete improvisers in modern music.

– Chicago Tribune
  • A Day with Lieb
    , Whelan’s more info
  • David Liebman Trio feat. Ronan Guilfoyle & Jussi L
    5th October 2011, Whelan’s
  • David Liebmans Dublin Project
    22nd August 2007, JJ Smyth’s