Michael Teager Reviews “Expansions: Dave Liebman Group” Fall Tour Kickoff!


Dave Liebman’s Expansions at Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown Concert House


Dave Liebman descended upon Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown Concert House Tuesday evening with his new group Expansions, officially kicking off the band’s fall tour in support of 2015’s The Puzzle. The ~85-minute set was a shock-and-awe campaign of sound that covered a wide stylistic range.

This was my first time seeing Expansions in the flesh, and I’ll go out on a limb and say that it was my favorite time seeing the maestro live. Expansions features Lieb (soprano saxophone, wooden flute), Matt Vashlishan (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet), Bobby Avey (piano, electric keyboard), Tony Marino (acoustic and electric basses), and Alex Ritz (drums, frame drum). Save Marino, who’s played with Liebman for the last couple decades in DLG and other ensembles, the rest of the members are of a younger generation. And even though this band is only in its third year, the communication and empathy are top shelf.


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Expansions: Dave Liebman Group Tour Dates and Info!

Expansions: Dave Liebman Group

Oct 2015 tour dates:


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Oct 12-13: Kerrytown Concert house – 415 North 4th Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48104 Show time: 8pm.  And workshops at University of Michigan

Phone: (734) 769-2999


For all other inquiries, please email us at kch@kerrytown.com

$30 Assigned Rows 1-2
$20 Assigned Rows 3-5
$15 General Admission
$5 Student

Oct 14: Detroit Saxophone Center 21301 Gratiot Ave.

Eastpointe, MI 48021

Phone: (586) 777-7541

Oct 15: University of Toledo OH, Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390.

Phone: (419) 530-INFO

Phone: 1(800) 586-5336

Email: webmaster@utoledo.edu

Oct 16 – 17: Green Mill – 4802 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640. Show time: Friday 9pm 1am. Saturday 8pm – 12am.

Phone: (773) 878-5552


$15 cover

Oct 19: Howard Recital Hall in the brand new Miller Center for the Musical Arts at Hope College (room 221) 221 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49422 – Show time: 7:30pm

Phone: (616) 395-7650

Email: music@hope.edu

Oct 20: Ford Recital Hall: Located on the second floor of the Simon Music Center, 200 S. Jordan Ave. Bloomington, Indiana. Show time: 8:30pm

Oct 21: Clifton Center for the performing arts. 2117 Payne St, Louisville, KY 4020. Show time: 7:30pm-9:30pm

Phone: (502) 896-6950

Email: jharris@cliftoncenter.org

Tickets available at http://cliftoncenter.tix.com or Carmichael’s Bookstore on Frankfort Ave.

Oct 22: Bop Stop2920 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113 Phone: (216) 771-6551. Show time: 8 – 11pm

Ticket Price: $20

Oct 23: Blu Jazz: 47 E Market St. Akron, OH 44308 . Show time: 7pm & 9:30pm

Phone: (330) 252-1190

Ticket Price: $20

Oct 24: Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild – 1815 Metropolitan St, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Show time: 7:30pm & 9:30pm.

Phone (412) 322-1773

Oct  25: Slippery Rock University, 1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Phone: (724) 738-2063