MEET LYDIA LIEBMAN
Full Biography: Lydia Liebman was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on November 11, 1991. Raised in Stroudsburg, PA, she began jazz vocal lessons at the age of 10 with Nancy Reed (Duke Ellington All Star Band, John Coates Jr.) and classical voice lessons at age 13 with Shellie Bransford (Metropolitan Opera Guild Program Director, Creating Original Opera Program). Her interest in music began with an early love for musical theater and soon she developed an interest in jazz. Throughout her high school period, Liebman performed often in theatrical productions as well as a variety of jazz festivals and venues.
Of note, Liebman participated and performed with the Camp Broadway Program in New York City for two years, as well as taking part in the International Association of Schools of Jazz conferences in Den Haag, Netherlands and Lucerne, Switzerland. She performed for three years as the featured singer of the COTA Cats Big Band and in local productions of Oklahoma, Bye Bye Birdie and Guys & Doll. She was also chosen to be part of the highly selective All State Vocal Jazz Ensemble for two years.
Along with her musical endeavors, Liebman was part of the Pennsylvania chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and in the Client Service category, went on to place ninth in the nation.
Upon graduation from Stroudsburg High School, Lydia went on to attend Emerson College to pursue a B.A. in Producing. During this period, she also attended Berklee College of Music. She graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Producing and a Minor in music.
It was during this period that Liebman discovered her love for broadcast media and music business. During her first semester of college, she was chosen to create and produce her own jazz radio program for Internet radio station WECB. Thus, Reeds & Deeds II was born and aired throughout her entire college career, a full four years.
Through her radio program, Liebman interviewed artists such as Pat Metheny, Kurt Elling, Jason Moran and more. Her radio program led her to be a host of the 2012 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.
Following her first successful semester at WECB, the current managers took notice and hired her to be the Operations Manager of the station. Liebman was then selected to become the General Manager of the station; a title she held until her graduation in 2014.
While at WECB, Liebman also began to work on air at 88.9 WERS. There, she became an on air host during the Daytime hours but soon transitioned to the Urban department where she hosted The Secret Spot, a program featuring soul music. During this period, she also went on to become an Administrative Assistant for the station.
During the summer of 2012, Liebman interned at Sirius XM’s famed Real Jazz station with broadcast guru Mark Ruffin. It was through this internship that she gained experience working with Dalet and attended the Montreal Jazz Festival as an assistant to Ruffin.
Parallel to her radio endeavors, Liebman began building a promotional business during her second year of college. What began as a flyer designing business for Berklee students soon went on to become a full-fledged public relations firm spearheaded by Liebman.
To bolster her marketing experience during summer 2013, Liebman served as a marketing intern at Ted Kurland Associates in Boston.
She has led many workshops concerning promotions and has been featured as a guest speaker. In January 2014, Liebman was hired to be the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Panama Jazz Festival under Patricia Zarate.
In March 2014, Liebman was elected to the Board of Directors of JazzBoston.
In 2011, Liebman began interning at Education Update under the mentorship of publisher Dr. Pola Rosen in New York City and eventually was promoted to reporter. In 2014, she was appointed as Assistant Editor.
Liebman remains an active performer having released her debut album Familia featuring the Dave Liebman Group on the Vector Disc label. During her college years, Liebman performed at a variety of venues including the Deer Head Inn, the Falcon, Scullers Jazz Club, the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Berklee College of Music and more.
Along with her professional happenings, Liebman is an avid fashion lover whose style has led to a feature in the Boston Globe and various style blogs. She is also an enthusiastic film buff and art lover. She currently resides in New York City.