‘Jazz at Noon’ founder, Les Lieber, passed away aged 106

Image Credits: Les Lieber © Andrea Mohin.

July 30, 2018

The musician died on July 10, 2018 on Fire Island

The founder of the Jazz at Noon concert series, saxophonist and penny whistler Les Lieber passed away on July 10, 2018, aged 106 on Fire Island.
Grown up in St. Louis during the Great Depression, he played the penny whistle with many important musicians, such as Dizzy Gillespie, and began later to play C-melody saxophone.
He became then a journalist in New York, working for newspapers and radio, but he always thought of jazz music as his main passion.
In 1965 he founded ‘Jazz at Noon’, a jam session held in Manhattan, New York, dedicated to non-professional musicians, who were able to play in front of an audience at lunchtime. The series was a huge success, very appreciated by the audience, and was replicated until 2012, when the founder decided to end it when he turned 100.
The musician performed for the last time in his career in July 2017.
 
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