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Ira Sullivan

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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Albums

A Family Affair
A Family Affair
Origin Records
2011
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[no cover]
Blue Stroll
Narada Lotus
1988
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[no cover]
Strings Attached
Narada Lotus
1983
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[no cover]
Does It All
Narada Lotus
1983
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[no cover]
Multimedia
Narada Lotus
1982
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[no cover]
Ira Sullivan
Narada Lotus
1976
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