McIntire Department of Music

Ira Sullivan is an elder statesman of mainstream jazz having come to New York from Chicago, in 1956, to join Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Celebrated internationally as a brilliant improviser, Mr. Sullivan is unique in that he is the only person in jazz to play trumpet and saxophones at the highest level. Except for his case, this is virtually unheard of. He played trumpet with Charlie Parker and tenor sax with Roy Eldridge. His own recordings have consistently met with critical acclaim, and his collaboration trumpeter Red Rodney, in the 1980s was celebrated worldwide. He has influenced and helped to nurture several generations of jazz musicians, working in Chicago with an eighteen-year-old Herbie Hancock and mentoring electric bass innovator Jaco Pastorius. After many decades of great jazz music it is still astonishing to see him perform on a barrage of instruments with his characteristic passion and creativity.

Mr. Sullivan will be giving a three-day residency to the University's jazz students. "Ira's devotion to working with the students is impressive," says Jazz Ensemble Director John D'earth. "He said that he wanted to meet with as many student players, soloists, and rhythm sections as possible while he's here, even if they're not in the Jazz Ensemble." Mr. Sullivan will be giving workshops and master classes to the jazz students throughout his residency. On the morning of the concert, at 11:00 a.m. in Old Cabell Hall, he'll be leading a workshop/discussion that is free and open to the public.

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