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Ira Sullivan

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Sullivan is that rare thing, a true multi-instrumentalist, capable of improvising statements of worth on all his instruments. He was taught trumpet by his father, saxophone by his mother and played both in 50s Chicago with such seminal figures as Charlie "Bird" Parker, Lester Young, Wardell Gray and Roy Eldridge, garnering a reputation as a fearsome bebop soloist. After playing briefly with Art Blakey (1956), and mastering alto and baritone saxophone, Sullivan moved south to Florida and out of the spotlight in the early 60s. His reluctance to travel limited his opportunities to play with musicians of the first rank, but Sullivan continued to play in the Miami area, often in schools and churches

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Article: Album Review

Blue Road Records Band: Ira: The Tribute Album

Read "Ira: The Tribute Album" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The “Ira" whose name appears above the marquee here is the late Ira Sullivan, a remarkable musician known as much for his versatility as his creativity. Sullivan, whose career spanned seven decades until his death in September 2020 at age eighty-nine, is warmly saluted on Ira: The Tribute Album by the six-member Blue Road Records Band, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ira Sullivan, Sonny Rollins & Carlos Vega

Read "Ira Sullivan, Sonny Rollins & Carlos Vega" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 726th Episode of Neon Jazz with the distinctive sound of Miami-based saxophonist Carlos Vega. From there, we present Francesco Amenta, Oscar Rossignoli and Jake Baxendale. The show concludes with JC Sanford and material from his new release Imminent Standards Trio. Dig this hour of jazz music, my friends. Playlist Carlos Vega ...

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Article: Album Review

Scott Whitfield & Friends: A Bi-Coastal Christmas

Read "A Bi-Coastal Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If trombonist Scott Whitfield's A Bi-Coastal Christmas cannot quicken your inner holiday spirit, that will not be for lack of trying. Whitfield uses every ribbon in the packet and every tool in the shed to help make the season bright, from big band to quintet, from duo to solo (Whitfield's trombone all by itself). Two of ...

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Article: Year in Review

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov


As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to Gary Peacock, Ennio Morricone, Keith Tippett, Henry Grimes, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wallace Roney and many others including NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Candido Camero, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Orrin Evans, Ira Sullivan, Joe Turner and More

Read "Orrin Evans, Ira Sullivan, Joe Turner and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we start with the latest album by Philadelphia-based pianist Orrin Evans and his Captain Black Big Band. Then we profile a new Kansas City group, The Freedom Affair, as they hit the airwaves with strength and style. We also look at new music from Mary Stallings and Fumi Tomita, say good-bye to the mighty ...

News: Recording

Ira Sullivan: Blue Stroll

Ira Sullivan: Blue Stroll

Ira Sullivan, a trumpeter and saxophonist who played in Chicago in the 1950s and Miami in the 1960s and beyond, recording largely with Red Rodney and Lin Halliday, died September 21, 2020. He was 89. Among his finest albums as a leader was Blue Stroll. Recorded for Chicago's Delmark label in July 1959, Blue Stroll featured ...

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Article: Album Review

Jay Thomas Quartet: Upside

Read "Upside" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Seattle-based musician Jay Thomas may be considered the oddest of ducks in the jazz universe. By that, I am referring to his fierce musicality expressed both on trumpet and saxophone, as well as most members of the brass and woodwind families. Inspired early in his career by the like minded veteran Ira Sullivan, Thomas in a ...

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Label: JMOOD* Records
Released: 2019
Duration: 11:00

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris: Suite!

Read "Suite!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


When appraising a new recording by Roberto Magris, Rule No. 1 is always to expect the unexpected. On eighteen previous albums, the Italian-born pianist has produced tributes to Lee Morgan, Elmo Hope and Cannonball Adderley, welcomed guest artists Herb Geller, Sam Reed and Ira Sullivan, and led groups ranging from trio to septet, all for Kansas ...


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