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Ira Adelman

IraIra grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY where he played in various jazz combos. At the University of Vermont he played with the UVM Catamounts award winning college jazz combo. After coming to Minnesota he played with a number of different bands and then did not play saxophone for about 20 years. In the early 2000s he started playing again and has been playing steadily since with several big bands, Ira’s Jazz Quintet, and Optimum Trajectory. Ira was a professor of fisheries and wildlife at the University of Minnesota until his retirement in 2010. His main saxophone influences are Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan, and Zoot Sims.