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Coltrane Concert! will be Sept. 17 at Paramount Theatre

90   |   70   |   50   - The Dave Liebman Big Band Celebrates the Music of John Coltrane is the title of the upcoming stellar jazz concert.

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, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available online anytime at and by phone at (845) 346-4195 and at the box office Monday – Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $15 and $10, for senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni plus a $2 service charge for each ticket. Students are allowed free admittance at the door.

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, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. 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, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. 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.

Questions may be directed to and (845) 341-4891. Also check out the Cultural Affairs website at

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs