Saxophonist/Composer/Educator Ian Buss is a collaborative musician rooted in jazz and blues. He toured the United States with Grammy-nominated singer Sugaray Rayford, including headliner performances at festivals such as Bluesapalooza, Columbia Pike Blues Festival, and Big Bull Falls Blues Fest.
The Sugaray Rayford Band was nominated for Band of the Year at the 2019 Blues Music Awards. Ian has also shared the stage with jazz trumpeters Gilbert Castellanos and Jon Faddis, Afro-Cuban percussionist Bobby Sanabria, Santana bassist Benny Rietveld, and numerous others.
Ian has composed and arranged for jazz orchestra, jazz combos, and classical chamber ensembles. In 2019, he founded the band Blue Morpho and joined contemporary chamber ensemble SWARMIUS. Both groups’ music addresses human rights and other contemporary social issues.
Passionate about music education, Ian has run his own private lesson studio since 2009. He taught saxophone at Palomar College, directed ensembles at the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory, and conducted jazz theory and woodwinds masterclasses at the UCSD Jazz Camp. He also served as Artist-In-Residence at Torrey Pines High School, where he taught improvisation and big band ensemble skills, and has coached beginners at public elementary schools.
Ian holds a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory and a BFA from The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music. In 2018 he participated in the prestigious Banff Centre’s Workshop for Jazz & Contemporary Music directed by Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey.