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Ira Sullivan: The Lonely Revolutionary

Read "Ira Sullivan: The Lonely Revolutionary" reviewed by David Einhorn


A critic in jny: Chicago in September 2016 raved about multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan's performance at the Jazz Showcase but said that Ira “erred" in lecturing the audience not to applaud after solos. It sounded like the critic had never heard Ira perform live before, because saying he “erred" suggested that at a given moment Ira “misspoke" and impulsively said something he should not have said. If that's the case, then Ira, who will turn 89 this year and ...

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Ira Sullivan and Stu Katz: A Family Affair

Read "A Family Affair" reviewed by William Carey


Some numbers to ponder. Saxophonist/trumpeter Ira Sullivan is 80 years old; vibraphonist Stu Katz is 74. 57 years. That is how long Ira Sullivan and Stu Katz have been making music together. 64 years. The number of years that Joe Segal's the Jazz Showcase has been featuring great jazz. In 1954, the year Bill Haley and the Comets recorded “Rock Around the Clock," two fine young jazz musicians first got together in their adopted hometown of Chicago. Fast forward 57 ...

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Ira Sullivan

Read "Ira Sullivan" reviewed by Russ Musto


When Ira Sullivan makes his eagerly anticipated appearance as a featured soloist with Eric Alexander's quintet at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola this month, it will be the first time the amazing multi-instrumentalist will be playing a weeklong engagement in New York in twenty years. Sullivan was a regular visitor to the city from 1980 to 1986, when the hard bopping band he fronted with trumpeter Red Rodney would come into the Village Vanguard annually to kick off their yearly world tours, ...

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Ira Sullivan: After Hours, Volume 5

Read "After Hours, Volume 5" reviewed by Jim Santella


With Bill Carrothers providing an adventurous piano accompaniment, Ira Sullivan converses with the spirits. On soprano sax for all but one selection, the veteran leader creates a soulful session filled with respect for the ballad and a healthy dose of lyrical drama. It's what the “After Hours" sessions are all about. Recorded in 1996 and '98, these particular tracks were laid down after several three night stands at the Artists' Quarter in Minneapolis. Performed literally after hours, the sessions gather ...

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Ira Sullivan: After Hours, Volume 5

Read "After Hours, Volume 5" reviewed by Jim Santella


With Bill Carrothers providing an adventurous piano accompaniment, Ira Sullivan converses with the spirits. On soprano sax for all but one selection, the veteran leader creates a soulful session filled with respect for the ballad and a healthy dose of lyrical drama. It's what the “After Hours" sessions are all about. Recorded in 1996 and '98, these particular tracks were laid down after several three night stands at the Artists' Quarter in Minneapolis. Performed literally after hours, the sessions gather ...


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