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Ira Sullivan in Southwest Florida, 2/13/12

Ken Franckling reports on performance by the multi-instrumentalist’s group at a Charlotte County Jazz Society concert

Ira Sullivan in southwest Florida, 2/12

Ira Sullivan is still preaching the gospel of jazz. At age 80, he continues to perform on saxophones, flute, trumpet and flugelhorn, and showcase his younger bandmates. It’s been 50 years since he left Chicago’s bopping jazz scene to settle down in Miami to perform, teach and raise his family.

Sullivan is making his annual swing through Southwest Florida, which included a February 13 Charlotte County Jazz Society concert in Port Charlotte. The nonprofit group holds its seven-concert Artist Series at the acoustically marvelous Charlotte Cultural Center.

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