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SULLIVAN, Ira

(b 1 May '31, Washington DC) Trumpet, saxophones. Worked at the Bee Hive in Chicago early '50s with visiting stars incl. Charlie Parker; also played with Art Blakey '56 (recorded on Columbia), mostly worked in Chicago until moving to Florida in the '60s. Recorded with J. R. Monterose on Blue Note, Red Rodney on Fantasy, Roland Kirk on Cadet, Eddie Harris on Atlantic (Come On Down); own albums: quintet Nicky's Tune, Tough Town, Ira Sullivan Quartet and Blue Stroll (with Johnny Griffin) on Delmark, The Incredible Ira Sullivan on Stash, Ira Sullivan on Flying Fish (a beauty, prod. by Chuck Nessa), reunited with Rodney on Does It All on Muse and Spirit Within on Elektra '81--2; others on Discovery, Galaxy, Bird Lives on Vee-Jay, etc.