Ira Sullivan Discography

Compiled by Michael Fitzgerald
First published 1997

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"I have always loved playing my horn, or horns. I want only to play my horns as best I can, and hope I say something while doing it. I have and have had one ambition all my life. To play my horn. I don't write, I don't arrange, I don't even read well. I just want to play."

Ira Sullivan, Encyclopedia of Jazz questionnaire, c. 1959

While this is the most comprehensive and accurate discography on Ira Sullivan ever produced, there still may be omissions and errors. Please help if you can.

Thanks to contributors:

William C. Adams, Bob Bernotas, Noal Cohen, Sue Demel, Gail Crowley, Thomas Kober, Deborah Lader, Terry Leonard, Jim McCreavy, Ed Michel, Chuck Nessa, Dan Serro, Ira Sullivan, Bob Van Langen, Billy Vera, François Ziegler, George Ziskind

Special thanks to all the staff at the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies where I had access to virtually every issue listed in the discography as well as the various relevant published sources.


General discographies: All-Music Guide, Bruyninckx, Jepsen, Lord, Raben
Label discographies by Michel Ruppli: Atlantic, Blue Note (with Michael Cuscuna), Chess,
ABC recording ledgers
Red Saunders Research Foundation

This discography was produced using BRIAN, a computer discography database program created by Steve Albin. BRIAN is a significant step in the field of jazz research and holds much potential. I encourage discographers to investigate this program. Steve has been incredibly helpful in terms of technical support and in custom-tailoring this program.

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