Ira Sullivan on Still Playing Jazz at 82: "Real Musicians, We Don't Quit Working"

Ira Sullivan is a true jazz legend. He goes back so far that he was snapping fingers with the cool cats in Chicago for the birth of Bebop.

By the time he turned 18, he was playing trumpet, sax, flute, and flugelhorn alongside some of the best in the business. You may also know him from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

Around 1963, Sullivan moved to Miami to raise his family. And now 50 years later, he's kicking off Jazz in the Gables with a free January 15 lunchtime concert on the plaza of the Coral Gables Museum.

Here's what Ira has to say about his new band, Nica de Koenigswarter, and Charlie Parker.

See also: Miami's Dion Kerr on Free Jazz and Following "Monk, Mingus, Miles, Coltrane, Paul Motian"

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