Global Jazz Forum: David Liebman and John Patitucci
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This Berklee Global Jazz Institute forum features prolific NEA Jazz Master David Liebman and Grammy-winning jazz bassist John Patitucci.
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.
John Patitucci is a Grammy-winning bassist and Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) visiting scholar who has worked extensively with Chick Corea ’97H, Wayne Shorter ’99H, Herbie Hancock ’86H, Stan Getz, and Pat Metheny ’96H. An 11-time Grammy nominee, Patitucci earlier this year released a vinyl-only, subscription-based album on Newvelle Records, Irmãos de Fé, featuring his takes on works by revered Brazilian composers such as Antônio Carlos Jobim and Milton Nascimento. All About Jazz praises the album for its “perfect blend” of respect for the composers’ original intentions and “the adventurous spirit” that makes room for “a unique stamp on these works.” Patitucci regularly performs with BGJI Artistic Director Danilo Pérez and Brian Blade as Children of the Light.
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute is a 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 where 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.