Dave Liebman with the Jiannis Pavlidis Trio

Dave Liebman with the Jiannis Pavlidis Trio

Dave Liebman

Dave Liebman

Sponsored by JazzYorkshire and United States Embassy, London.

Jazz Keynote Speech – Dave Liebman – “Jazz Education: Where it has been and Where it is going.”

Research Keynote Speech – Professor Paul Berliner – “Soul, Thinking and Art.”

Delegates from all over the U.K.,Finland, Hungary, Denmark, Portugal, Norway, Canada, Germany  and the U.S. made this 2 day event one of the most stimulating I have attended.  Workshops, performance at the college and the proximity of The Wardrobe venue/restaurant gave the whole program a well rounded feel, particualarly for me after a Yorkshire beef burger and a sniff or 2 of Shiraz.

This was an exceptional opportunity for me to sit and listen – not to music (most of the time) but to people at the forefront of jazz education giving papers on every imaginable aspect of jazz. Concepts of paricipation in spontaneous communication in improvised contemporary music within the context of learning. The impact of technology on jazz, using Tetrachords for bass, guitar and string improvisation, using transcription to analyse improvisation were amongst many subjects discussed.

I just take pictures and don’t worry too much about these things, luckily the music just works and makes it all happen – as Oscar (Wilde) and probably Mr. Peterson said -‘I don’t know how music works – that is it’s great mystery.’

I don’t mind sitting in Pseuds Corner for an hour.

Rehearsal

Rehearsal

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'Sketches of Spain' Dave Liebman with the LCM Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

The 2 Louises – Gibbs and Wood respectively kindly invited me to present an exhibition in the Green Room where the delegates were refreshed regularly and made kind comments on the work. Anything’s better than a green wall I suppose!

There were excellent small and ensemble concerts during the conference and we have some images from the rehearsal and performance by Dave Liebman with the Leeds College of Music Contemporary Jazz Orchestra – the classic rarely performed ‘Sketches of Spain’. The concert was superb, a massive piece to play, the hairs standing on the back of the neck confirmed a wonderful performance, drama and pathos brilliantly expressed by very gifted young musicians lead by friendly giants.

Footnote: Spain was evoked again as I wrote this prose, my mind took to me to see Keith Floyd at his best, cooking breakfast next to an Andalucian river and idly enquiring as to which wine one should drink with the meal. He picked up a handy bottle of Rioja and declared it an excellent choice.

Saludos amigos!