“Early in saxophone and flute player Paul Lieberman’s career, Gil Evans observed to Airto Moreira during a session at Mickey Hart’s, “everything he plays sounds right.” And David Sanborn responded to a NY performance with a surprise kiss.
After earning his BA at Yale, Paul responded to simultaneous tour invitations from drummer/big band leader Buddy Rich and Brazilian Jazz legends Airto and Flora Purim by becoming the only “gringo” in the latter, all-Brazilian group. He toured the US with them for the next two years, appearing at major clubs, theaters, and festivals, performing for audiences of up to 30,000, and making his Lincoln Center debut.
He then moved to Rio de Janeiro for four years, where he became Brazil’s first-call studio saxophone and flute player, recording on over 50 albums and doing arranging and producing work for CBS, Warner, and other labels. He married Zaida, his Brazilian wife of 38 years, and became so thoroughly assimilated into the language and culture of Brazil that he was routinely presumed a native.”