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Shridhar has been associated with Sony Music since its inception in India in 1996. He now oversees Sony Music Entertainment in India, the growing markets of the Middle East comprising Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Arab Emirates, and the Arabic Levant countries of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. A deep understanding of the region makes him ideally suited for this key role.
David Liebman is an acclaimed jazz saxophonist and flautist. Born in Brooklyn, New York City, he pursued his interest in jazz by studying under saxophone guru Joe Allard and other greats as Lennie Tristano and Charles Lloyd. After graduating from New York University, he began to devote himself to the full time pursuit of being a jazz artist. During this phase, Liebman took the leading organisational role as Founder and President of Free Life Communication, a cooperative of several young musicians. The first half of the 1970s was filled with tours, recordings and the incredible experience gained by being on the band stand with two revered masters of jazz. Liebman first secured the coveted saxophone/flute position in the group of John Coltrane's ex-drummer, Elvin Jones. Soon, he reached the zenith of his apprenticeship period when Miles Davis hired him, going on to appear in Miles' albums - Big Fun, On The Corner and Dark Magus during this period. He has consistently been placed among the top three finalists of the Downbeat Critics' Poll since 1973 in the Soprano Saxophone category, gaining the top place in 2011 as well as being first in the Jazz Times Critics' Poll in the same year. His teaching activities at universities and in clinic settings, along with an ability to articulate the intricacies of the jazz language, aesthetic and technique, have taken him literally around the world as a result of his varied musical directions and expertise on several instruments.
Justin DiCioccio is internationally recognized as one of the foremost jazz educators. His keen insights into teaching coupled with his inventive approach have earned him the sobriquet 'The Musician's Teacher.' Justin also directs international jazz programs, in partnership with the Manhattan School of Music. He has served as Program Director and Clinician for Carnegie Hall Jazz Education and acts as a consultant to Jazz at Lincoln Center and to Wynton Marsalis. He has designed, developed, and directed the award-winning LaGuardia High School of the Arts jazz program, the first fully accredited secondary jazz program in the United States. A former member of the Rochester Philharmonic, Justin has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Chuck Mangione, Phil Woods, Stan Getz, Red Rodney and Clark Terry. He was a member of the Marine Band 'The President's Own,' for five years, in which he served as the official White House drummer. In January 2001, he was inducted into the Jazz Education Hall of Fame. The following year, he was named Assistant Dean/Chair, Jazz Arts Program of Manhattan School of Music; in 2011 he was named Associate Dean.
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