Bob Mintzer, Eric Marienthal,
Holly Hoffman & Dean Brown
Ever since he was drum major of the award winning Patrick Henry High School Band back in the early 1970’s in San Diego CA and voted Most Valuable Band Member his senior year, Ira B. Liss was destined in life to be a big band leader. Since then he has had extensive experience in all phases of the music and entertainment industry at the local, regional and national levels including stints in music management, retail/wholesale music product sales, talent booking, concert production and promotion, music education, record producer, saxophonist and bandleader.
At 6’7” tall, Ira B. Liss is literally head and shoulders above the crowd and is Southern California’s most watchable band leader. The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, his 18 piece jazz orchestra was founded in February 1979. His performance credits include working with such world class artists as Bob Mintzer, Bobby Caldwell, Rob McConnell, George Shearing, Eric Marienthal, Dean Brown, Gary Foster, John Guerin, Bob Stone, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Shirley Jones, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Barbara Morrison, Holly Hofmann and Peter Sprague to only name a few.
“Ira Liss is one of those special folks who keeps the big band idiom alive and moving forward. It is no easy feat to sustain a big band and create a forum for the music. I truly enjoy working with Ira and his band, and am honored to have the band record one of my compositions”
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