Jon Liebman is a world-renowned bassist, composer, arranger, author and educator. He has played electric and acoustic bass in every imaginable setting, from jazz gigs and club dates to full-scale concerts and nationally broadcast radio and TV shows.
A passionate entrepreneur, Jon is the Founder/CEO of Notehead MediaGroup, LLC, parent company to a growing family of music-related websites: ForBassPlayersOnly.com, ForGuitarPlayersOnly.com and Jon’s online bass instruction site, JonLiebman.com.
Jon has performed in many of the world’s major concert venues, including New York’s Madison Square Garden, LA’s Shrine Auditorium and Tokyo’s spectacular Suntory Hall (not to mention bull rings in Central America, amphitheaters in the Caribbean and all kinds of “off-beat” settings across the globe). Throughout the course of a career that began over thirty years ago, Jon has performed and/or toured with a wide range of musical acts, including: Amy Grant, Cleo Laine, Buddy DeFranco, Billy Eckstine, Eartha Kitt, The Drifters, The Platters, The Coasters, The Chiffons, The Ink Spots, The Fifth Dimension, Julio Iglesias, José Feliciano, Chita Rivera, Theodore Bikel and countless others.
Liebman has performed in the pit orchestras of many Broadway shows, including Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Golden Boy, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Annie and many others. He’s also supplied the bass tracks for major recording projects for clients which have included Ford, GM and the NBA.
A respected educator, Jon’s popular online bass instruction site, JonLiebman.com, covers a wide variety of bass styles and techniques, with a long list of subscribers all over the world. Jon is also the author of 6 best-selling bass instruction books (SEE BELOW) .Highly acclaimed, Jon’s books have been endorsed by a who’s who of bass royalty, including John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, Verdine White, Stu Hamm, Abraham Laboriel, Rocco Prestia, Will Lee, Jeff Berlin, Darryl Jones, Jimmy Haslip, Tony Levin, Rudy Sarzo and many others. Jon’s books have been translated into French, German and Japanese, with worldwide sales in excess of 100,000 copies. Jon’s seventh book, Play Like Jaco Pastorius, with a foreword by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, and a Jaco Pastorius Play-along book (on which Jon played all the bass tracks) were both released in 2016.
For over twenty-five years, Jon worked in higher education, most notably serving as the longtime Chairman/CEO of the Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield, Michigan. Liebman is a former board member and vice chairman of the Career College Association in Washington, for which he made frequent trips to our nation’s capital on behalf of career schools and career school students. Jon is past president of the Michigan Association of Career Colleges & Schools and former chairman of the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
In 2005, Jon was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority. Jon is a past inductee into Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” group of rising young businesspeople (back when he was “chronologically eligible!”). In 2008, Jon was named one of the 25 most influential people in the career college sector by Career College Central magazine.
Jon Liebman has a Bachelor of Music degree in Studio Music & Jazz from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Master of Music degree in Studio Music & Jazz from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He lives in Michigan with his wife Mindy and has four children.