Ever since the early 1970′s, when he was an award-winning Drum major at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego CA. and voted most valuable band member his senior year, Ira was destined in life to be a band leader. Since then, he has had extensive experiences in all phases of the music and entertainment industry, from the local, regional and national scenes,
from music management, retail/wholesale products, talent acquistion,concert production & promotion, music educator, record producer, saxophonist and bandleader.
Ira B. Liss, at 6 feet 7 inches tall, is Southern CA’s most imminently watchable bandleader of San Diego’s favorite Big Band, The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, his 18-piece jazz orchestra which he started in 1979.
His performance credits include work with such world reknown artists
as Bobby Caldwell, Harry Connick, Sr., Rob McConnell, Barney Kessel,
Stan Kenton, Louie Bellson, George Shearing, Peter Sprague, Charles McPherson, The
Temptations, The Four Tops, Pete Barbutti, Bill Acosta, Holly Hofmann,
The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Shirley Jones, Thad Jones, Blue Mitchell, Chuck Findley,
Bob Summers, Gary Foster, Don Menza, John Guerin and The Jimmy Maxwell
Orchestra, Eric Marienthal, Bruce Babad, Wayne Bergeron, Dean Brown, Bill Cantos and Gilbert Castellanos, Byron Stripling, Bob Stone and Howie Lindeman.
His productions skills in the recording studio have produced 4 compacts discs that all have received kudos and recognition both locally and nationally, with “First Impressions” ( 1995) “Everything Under The Sun”(1999),”Symphomaniacs” (2002) and “It’s About Time” (2013)
It’s About Time was Voted one of the Top Ten Jazz CD’s of 2013 by KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM.
Mr. Liss is a member of NARAS, The Jazz Eduction Network and a lifetime member of Phi Mu Alpha and Kappa Kappa Psi.