The Dave Liebman Big Band Celebrates the Music of John Coltrane

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Dave Liebman and his 18-piece big band under the direction of Gunnar Mossblad are holding a year-long 2017-2018 commemoration to honor John Coltrane's 90th birthday, Liebman's 70th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of Coltrane's death. This Grammy ̶ nominated big band has been recording and performing in major jazz performance spaces and universities around the United States since 2000.

"Lieb" will be featured on several iconic Coltrane masterworks arranged specifically for him.

The band is comprised of top-shelf New York City musicians: Dave Liebman, Gunnar Mossblad, Charles Pillow, Dave Riekenberg, Tom Christensen, Jay Brandford, Bob Millikan, Brian Pareschi, Stuart Mack, Patrick Dorian, Tim Sessions, Scott Reeves, Sam Burtis, Jeff Nelson, Jim Ridl, Vic Juris, Tony Marino, and Marko Marcinko.

SUNY Orange's Cultural Affairs is hosting this auspicious performance at the Historic Paramount Theater on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3pm.

Additionally, Liebman is one of the world's most respected Coltrane performers, scholars, and lecturers. Consequently, a master class-workshop will be part of the SUNY Orange 2017 experience of John Coltrane on Monday, September 18 at 11am in Orange Hall Room 23. The Legacy of John Coltrane master class-workshop will feature Dave Liebman with music director/saxophonist Gunnar Mossblad and trumpet/flugelhorn player Pat Dorian.

Also, to set the stage for the performance and master class is the screening of the new documentary, Chasing Trane -The John Coltrane Documentary on Friday, September 15 at 7pm in Harriman Hall Film Theatre.

The master class-workshop and documentary film are free and open to the public.

The Historic Paramount Theater is located at 17 South St, Middletown with parking across the street as well as other municipal lots on Center and East Main Streets and nearby on-street. Orange Hall and Harriman Hall are located on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange at 24 Grandview Avenue and 8 East Conkling Avenue, respectively. Free parking is available in college lots.

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