Saxophone Master Class with David Liebman

About Saxophone Master Class with David Liebman

In his Saxophone Master Class, NEA Master of Jazz David Liebman covers the basics of saxophone sound production -- lessons learned from the guru of sax teachers, Joe Allard. Points covered include breathing, laryngeal movement, embouchure placement and most importantly, how to use the overtone series to refine one’s sound.

This course is for saxophonists regardless of style; after all, sound is sound.

-David Liebman

DVD coverCourse Contents

Part 1: Introductory remarks; how to describe sound; three part breathing; larynx; lip placement; mouthpiece exercise. Run time: 98 minutes

Part 2: Overtone exercises; extended overtone exercises; tongue placement; articulation; using expressive devices; on equipment. Run time: 94 minutes 

Available on DVD (cover pictured above) or, for a bit less, lifetime access to the streaming video. DVD orders also receive access to the streaming videos.

More about David Liebman

David Liebman’s career has spanned over four decades, beginning in the early ‘70s with his "apprenticeship" period performing and recording in the groups of drummer Elvin Jones ("Live At The Lighthouse") and Miles Davis ("On The Corner"). Since then he has lead his own groups (Lookout Farm; Quest; The David Liebman Group) featuring musicians such as John Scofield, Richie Beirach, Billy Hart, Adam Nussbaum, Al Foster, John Abercrombie and Vic Juris. Lieb has consistently placed among the top three in the Downbeat Critics Poll for Soprano Saxophone since 1973; winning first place in both the Downbeat and Jazz Times Critic's Poll in 2011. As well in 2011, Liebman received the NEA Masters of Jazz Award, the highest honor for jazz given by the United States government. David has been featured on over five hundred recordings, of which he has been the leader or co-leader on nearly two hundred with several hundred original compositions published. His repertoire is among the most eclectic of contemporary artists ranging from original adaptations of standard material (Ornette Coleman,West Side Story, Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cole Porter, Alec Wilder, Puccini, Jobim, Kurt Weill) to 20th century inspired classical music; from fusion to his own big band and free jazz ensembles. Notable performances featuring Liebman as soloist in a contemporary classical setting include the groups “Klangforum” (Vienna, Austria) and the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris, France). In the education field he is a renowned lecturer producing several instructional DVDs and books, most notably: "Self Portrait of A Jazz Artist"-"A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Melody and Harmony"-"Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound,” (multiple translations in other languages). In addition Liebman has published multiple chamber music pieces (Advance Music, Germany) for a variety of instrumentations. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) and is currently Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music (NYC).


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The Saxophone Master Class with David Liebman can be viewed via streaming video and on DVD. The Master Class is a two-disc set. DVDs may only be shipped within the US. Please allow one week for shipping.

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