Tomorrow is Ira Gitler’s Memorial Service in NYC. I’m sorry I can’t be there. Ira was a friend and mentor. Accordingly, I’m working on a documentary about him, that includes footage from a 2009 interview we did, and also the thoughts of Howard Mandel, Jeff Levenson, Sonny Rollins, Michael Cuscuna, Loren Schoenberg, Randy Brecker, Jim Eigo and Terry Gibbs. Here’s an excerpt from my interview with Ira.