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Ira B. Liss

Ever since the early 1970's, Ira was destined in life to be a band leader. A drum major/saxophonist at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, California, he was voted most valuable band member his senior year. In the local, regional and national scenes, Ira acquired extensive experiences in all phases of the music and entertainment industry. From music management, retail/wholesale products, talent acquisition, concert production & promotion, to jazz education and recording production. Ira B. Liss, at 6 feet 7 inches tall, is Southern California's most imminently watchable bandleader of San Diego’s favorite Big Band: The Ira B

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Mazel Tov Kocktail!

Label: Tall Man Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: Gimmie That; High Wire; Keys to the City; Love You Madly; Bass: The Final Frontier; You'd Better Love Me While You May; Mazel Tov Kocktail; I Wish You Love; Springtime; Joy Spring; West Wings.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Don Ellis, Joe Williams & Ira B. Liss

Read "Don Ellis, Joe Williams & Ira B. Liss" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The heat of summer has Neon Jazz thinking about big bands and orchestras. For the 705th show on June 16, we start off with big band leader Ira B. Liss and the Big Band Jazz Machine with a cut from his 2020 release Mazel Tov Kocktail. We also hear from a sextet with Joseph Herbst off ...

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Article: Album Review

Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine: Mazel Tov Kocktail!

Read "Mazel Tov Kocktail!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Any big band that has been alive and kicking for forty-two years surely deserves a Mazel Tov or two. Ira B. Liss formed his San Diego-based Big Band Jazz Machine in 1979, and it has been standing tall on the local scene ever since. Although the band puts its best foot forward at the outset on ...

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News: Recording

Ira B. Liss Big Band Machine Releases 'Mazel Tov Kocktail!' - A Celebration Of 40 Years, Coming January 15, 2021

Ira B. Liss Big Band Machine Releases 'Mazel Tov Kocktail!' - A Celebration Of 40 Years, Coming January 15, 2021

Mazel Tov Kocktail!, the newest recording by the Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, is a swinging, rollicking collection of new and standard big band numbers performed by a tight-knit group of top-notch musicians. The band is well known in Southern California for its fun and engaging performances that have often featured some of the ...

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Tasty Tunes

Label: Tall Man
Released: 2018
Track listing: You Don’t Know What Love Is; Early Autumn; I Didn’t Know What Time It Was; When the Lady Dances; Oleo; Nature Boy; Manhattan Burn; Over the Rainbow; Mountain Dance; Ya Turn Me On Baby; Recon.

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Article: Album Review

Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine: Tasty Tunes

Read "Tasty Tunes" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Tasty Tunes is the fifth CD by Ira B. Liss' stalwart San Diego-based Jazz Machine, which was formed almost forty years ago, in 1979--a span that, when reckoned in big-band years, is much closer to a century or more. While other bands have come and gone the Jazz Machine has adamantly stayed the course, presenting dynamic ...

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It's About Time

Label: Tall Man
Released: 2014
Track listing: Perdido; American Gothic; Some Other Time; The Salt Shaker; Go ‘Way Moon; Four on Six; Sally “O”; That Old Black Magic; The Epitome of the Ballad; Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; When the Sun Comes Out; Glory, Glory.

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Article: Extended Analysis

Ira B. Liss: It's About Time

Read "Ira B. Liss: It's About Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers


So are there any first-rate big bands worth hearing in California outside of the Los Angeles area? So happy you asked. As a matter of fact, San Diego is solidly entrenched in that position thanks to the superb Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine which, coincidentally, has recorded a spectacular new album, It's About Time. ...

News: Recording

The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine Releases "It's About Time" -- Includes un-recorded Maynard Ferguson Composition

San Diego, CA: TallMan Productions is thrilled to announce the release of the latest album from The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, It's About Time available everywhere on August 8, 2013. It's About Time is the 4th CD release by The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, an 18- piece Big Band that ...


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