Liss and his big band have been making music since 1979. And ever since its inception, the Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine has kept big band music thriving in Southern California and has been recognized by established publications such as Jazz Journal and Jazz Weekly for great arrangements, lively performances, and stellar jazz soloists.
With Tasty Tunes, Ira B. Liss proves that the big band survives well into the 21st century and, at least under his leadership, is thriving in inspiration and creativity.
Wow. A fixture in the Southern California scene for 38 years, when this Big Band kicks off with a volcanic "You Don't Know What Love Is," one simply goes along for the equivalent of a Formula One ride with this Big Bad Band with Eric Richards' heated arrangement, a full speed ahead alto sax solo from Christopher Hollyday, and blistering trumpet from Peter Green, before pianist Steve Sibley's reflective piano break.
Ira B. Liss is dedicated to bringing jazz to the big band.
This is the fifth release by the Ira B. Liss Big Band, which has been based in southern California for the past four decades. To the plethora of soloists he usually has at his disposal the leader has added guest stars Eric Marienthal, Bob Mintzer and Holly Hofmann to bring a little extra magic to charts by Tom Kubis, Mike Abene, Mike Crotty and Peter Herbolzheimer.
Leading a big band dedicated to a “new” big band tradition, Ira B. Liss leads a collection of hard hitting So Cals including Bob Mintzer/ts, Eric Marienthal/as, Holly Hoffman/fl and Dean Brown/g.
...This is, plain and simple, a gathering of first rate players soaring on fresh, stimulating, and often challenging arrangements.
...The wide array of material makes this a rather unique performance.
Joe Lang reviews Tasty Tunes for Jersey Jazz Magaine.
Right out of the gate, this big band races into the sound space with the fastest renditions of "You Don't Know What Love Is" that I've ever heard. It was an exciting production with arrangements full of ebullition.
This latest release from the San Diego Big Band, Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine sounds like fun.
This is the Jazz Machine's fifth endeavor, demonstrating the orchestra's prodigious faculties still in progress. Liss' performance credits encompass working with such jazz luminaries as Harry Connick, Sr., Shirley Jones, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Thad Jones, and Louie Bellson. He has carved out a niche for his band in the ballroom jazz forum that won't be waning any time soon.
Tasty Tunes is the fifth CD by Ira B. Liss' stalwart San Diego-based Jazz Machine, which was formed almost forty years ago, in 1979—a span that, when reckoned in big-band years, is much closer to a century or more. While other bands have come and gone the Jazz Machine has adamantly stayed the course, presenting dynamic big-band jazz to its southern California audiences without watering down the leader's guiding principle, which is to ensure that the music is always creative and swinging.
‘Tasty‘, yes but also spectacular music making by some of the most important big band devotees playing today.
The entire creative life of Ira B. Liss is connected with big band jazz... The Big Band Jazz Machine has produced 5 CDs in its history and this current one, Tasty Tunes, may clearly be the best one yet.
So much swing, a little fusion and the electric guitar solos make everything more listenable and in step with the times.
Southern California-based ensemble, Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, has released a new album. Surprisingly, in the group’s almost 40-year history, their latest recording is only their fifth. “Tasty Tunes” is an eclectic mix of originals and standards that is characterized by energy and style.
Now available, get yours today, on CDBaby,com, iTunes, Amazon etc, our new 5th CD release, featuring guest artists Bob Mintzer, Eric Marienthal, Holly Hofmann and Dean Brown...it really is a tasty collection of wonderful tunes.
As has been the group’s tradition for the past nine years, a special guest artist will join the band for the performance. In years past, the guests have included big names in music like Holly Hofmann, Gilbert Castellanos, Barbara Morrison and Eric Marienthal.
“Jazz on a Summer’s Day” is the name of the classic concert film shot at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. It’s also an apt description of Sunday afternoon’s concert by the Big Band Jazz Machine at the Handlery Hotel’s Terrace Garden in Mission Valley.
The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine has been pumping up the Southern California scene since 1979, and "It’s About Time" features this large orchestra filled with top-flight soloists mining similar territory as that pioneered by the Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich big bands.
Big Band Jazz Machine plays at Dizzy's. All ages welcome.
The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine featuring Eric Marienthal
A former marching band drum major at Patrick Henry High School, Ira B. Liss launched the Big Band Jazz Machine here in 1979...