David Liebman’s four-decade career as a saxophonist/flautist began in the 1970s with the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups. Since then he has led his own groups including Lookout Farm, Quest, and The Dave Liebman Group, featuring John Scofield, Richie Beirach, Billy Hart, Adam Nussbaum, Al Foster, John Abercrombie and Vic Juris.
His eclectic repertoire ranges from original adaptations of standards to 20th century inspired classical music; from fusion to his own big band and free jazz ensembles. Notable performances with contemporary classical groups include Klangforum of Vienna and the Ensemble Intercontemporain of Paris.
Liebman has played on nearly three hundred recordings, and his numerous awards include the 2011 National Endowment of the Arts Masters of Jazz Award; the Order of Arts and Letters, France; the 2007 Jazz Journalist’s award for Soprano Saxophone; a 1998 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Solo; and an Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy, Finland. He consistently places in the top three positions for Soprano Saxophone in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll since 1973, winning first place in both the 2011 Downbeat and 2011 and 2012 Jazz Times Critic’s Poll.
In jazz education, Leibman is a renowned lecturer and author of several books, including: Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist; and A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody.
Leibman is Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music and the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz.