What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist

What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist

by Lewis Porter
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist

Dave Liebman is one of the leading forces in contemporary jazz. Prominently known for performing with Miles Davis and Elvin Jones, he has exerted considerable influence as a saxophonist, bandleader, composer, author, and educator. In addition to his recent recognition as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, he has received the Order of Arts and Letters from France and holds an honorary doctorate from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. He has mentored many of today's most notable young jazz musicians worldwide and is a prolific writer on jazz.

In What It Is: The Life of a Jazz Artist, friend, pianist, and noted jazz scholar Lewis Porter conducts a series of in-depth interviews with Liebman, who discusses his professional, personal, and musical relationships with Davis and Jones, as well as such notable musicians as Chick Corea, Richie Beirach, Michael and Randy Brecker, and many others. Through the interviews, Liebman discusses such personal matters as contracting polio as a child and the difficulties it caused as an adult during his rise as a jazz musician. He offers insights into the life of jazz performers of his generation, particularly the tumultuous period of the 1960s and 1970s. The book also features rare photos from Liebman's personal collection. A fascinating and witty storyteller, Liebman's stories in What It Is will appeal to jazz fans and scholars by providing a firsthand look into the creative life of one of America's leading jazz musicians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810888999
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/12/2013
Series: Studies in Jazz Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword Richie Beirach xi

Preface Lewis Porter xv

Acknowledgments xix

Timeline xxi

Chapter 1 The Delicacy of Youth: Beginnings 1

Chapter 2 The Call: I Find Music, It Finds Me 37

Chapter 3 Breakaway: Finding Myself 63

Chapter 4 Arrival: Becoming an Artist 83

Chapter 5 The Energy of the Chance: Going for It 105

Chapter 6 Guided Dream: Playing with the Masters 125

Chapter 7 It's Different Out There: On the Job with the Prince of Darkness 159

Chapter 8 Beyond the Line: My Own World 191

Chapter 9 Passages: The Ups and Downs 213

Chapter 10 Turn It Around: Solidifying Art and Life 249

Chapter 11 While We're on the Subject: On Others 293

Chapter 12 Tomorrow's Expectations: The Legacy 309

Appendix I Selected Discography 339

Appendix II Selected Educational Materials 347

Appendix III Two Compositions Dave Liebman 349

Index 353

About the Authors 363

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