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Post-bop Pioneer

Following an unfortunate turn to homogenized Latin pop with Tito Puente Jr., the Musicians Exchange returns to pristine form this week when it hosts jazz multi-instrumentalist/legend Ira Sullivan. As Chicago became a linchpin in both the jazz and blues scenes in the 1950s, Sullivan emerged as one of the city's key jazz players. The list of visiting jazz artists who jammed with Sullivan during his Windy City residency is too lengthy to name; suffice it to say it includes nearly every famous name of the 1950s jazz scene. Burned out on Chi-town, Sullivan moved to South Florida, where he's been ever since. Even his infrequent tours have dropped off now, though, and it's a rarity to see him perform anywhere.

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