Global Jazz Forum: David Liebman and Joe Lovano
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This Berklee Global Jazz Institute forum features prolific NEA Jazz Master David Liebman and leading jazz luminary Joe Lovano ’72 ’98H.
Over the course of the past four decades, David Liebman has worked with incomparable artists such as Miles Davis ’97H, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea ’97H, John McLaughlin ’17H, and Lovano. He has participated in more than 600 recordings, including hundreds of releases as a bandleader or coleader. Liebman, a renowned educator, is also the founder of the International Association of Schools of Jazz, a worldwide network of jazz students, teachers, and representatives from 40 countries. He is the author of several books, including Self Portrait of a Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody, and Developing a Personal Saxophone Sound, which has been translated into multiple languages. Scarecrow Press has released a Liebman biography called What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist.
A leading jazz luminary, Joe Lovano is a Grammy-winning tenor saxophonist and Blue Note recording artist who serves as Gary Burton chair in performance with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Lovano has collaborated with a near-endless list of legendary musicians, including McCoy Tyner ’05H, Hank Jones ’05H, John Scofield ’73 ’97H, Branford Marsalis ’80 ’06H, and Jim Hall ’95H. He has been nominated for 14 Grammys, and won last year’s DownBeat Critics Poll Award for tenor saxophone.
Watch Lovano and students perform “Topsy Turvy”:
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute is an honors performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment in which students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical/creative thinking with the natural environment.