Ian is a saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer and educator based in the Philadelphia area. He has played his original music at Smalls Jazz Club, Chris' Jazz Cafe, and various clubs around Japan. His debut record, "Glasswork," is the culmination of years of writing instrospective jazz and honing it with live performances around the greater Philadelphia area. During this time Ian attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and there fostered his creative sensibilities while freelancing and teaching privately. He credits Mike Kennedy with getting him started in writing, and Ron Kerber with helping to piece things together.
From 2009 to 2016, Ian toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on bari sax, playing to sold out halls across the United States, Canada and Japan. He was also a group vocalist and the assistant road manager for the orchestra, and has authored arrangements for the band to feature vocalists Brian Hemstock and Valerie Duke. Living and breathing big band music has instilled a newer passion for writing which led to the creation of a ten piece Philadelphia-based ensemble called Slowbern. This group performs original works and the arrangements of local composers when Ian is off of the road to lead the band. Since July 2017, Ian has played saxophone for the USAF Band of the Golden West at Travis AFB, Fairfield CA.
He has composed works for the University of Arkansas jazz ensemble, which were performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in late 2012. The ensemble is led by Gary Meggs, a mentor and dear friend.
Ian studied woodwinds with Bob Goldman, Chris Farr, Frank Mazzeo, Kimberly Reighley, Bob Quaile and Avery Bree. He studied arranging with Rick Lawn, Lars Halle and Tony Gairo. He continues to study, perform and teach at every opportunity, holding the philosophy that at no point have we ever "arrived," goals being the most useful when they are just out of reach.