Sullivan, a five-time Grammy nominee, is a unique figure in jazz music as a multi-instrumentalist who is a master of the trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute. He has performed and recorded with some of the greatest figures in jazz history including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Red Rodney, Johnny Griffin and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
Sullivan, originally from Chicago, was an integral part of that city's vibrant jazz scene during the 1950s and 60s. He has lived in Miami since the early 60s and continues to tour the world performing concerts and teaching clinics. Music education is a very important part of Ira's life.
In addition to Sullivan, the concert also features tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto, who worked and recorded in New York City for more than 40 years and was a member of the Saturday Night Live Band from 1975 - 2005. Also featured is New York City jazz trumpeter Dan Miller, who toured and recorded with Harry Connick Jr., Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Jones and Woody Herman. The world-class rhythm section features pianist Jerry Stawski, bassist Scott Smith and drummer Ron Hefner. Singer/songwriter Susie Hulcher will be featured vocalist at the VIP reception.
The Jazzin' It Up concert will benefit Footsteps to the Future Inc, a unique mentoring and transitional living program in Lee and Collier counties and a model for change in Southwest Florida and the nation. Its goal is to empower young women in and aging out of foster care, to safely and successfully transition to living independently through programs such as mentoring, transitional living and advocacy.
The event will be held at the historic Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street, Fort Myers, on Thursday June 9, 2011 at 6:15 p.m.
The VIP Reception to meet the musicians begins at 5:15 p.m. The event also features a Live and Silent Auction, and a Fabulous Dessert Raffle.
VIP Tickets are $50, or two for $80 (includes reserved seating, reception featuring the culinary delights of Chef Brian Baker and time to mingle with the musicians) General Admission tickets are $25, or two for $45 with student admission at $10.