Visiting Adjunct Professor

The University of Toronto Faculty of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of legendary saxophonist/composer/educator Dave Liebman to the position of Adjunct Professor for the 2014-15 academic year.

Following his apprenticeship as a sideman in the groups of Elvin Jones and Miles Davis in the early 1970s, Liebman’s work on over 350 recordings has solidified his position as one of the greatest living jazz saxophonists. From his ensembles co-led with pianist Richie Beirach (Lookout Farm, Quest) to his Sax Summit collaborations with Joe Lovano and the late Michael Brecker, Liebman has maintained a commitment to an individual sound steeped in the tradition of the 1960s jazz innovators whose music he absorbed as a teenager in New York City.

Liebman is also a pioneer of jazz education. His book A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody was arguably the first comprehensive method book to decode the chromatic language that Coltrane and his contemporaries brought to jazz improvisation in the 1960s. This methodology has been taught by Liebman at the Manhattan School of Music for more than a decade.

Now Liebman will bring this course of study to Masters and DMA students in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto. He will make four intensive visits to U of T during the 2014-15 academic year during which he will also be offering masterclasses to all undergraduate students in Jazz Performance. Liebman also plans to perform both on and off campus during his various visits.

The addition of David Liebman to the faculty of the University of Toronto certainly adds a new and exciting dimension to an already vibrant Jazz Performance program, placing U of T at the forefront of post-secondary jazz education in Canada.

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