The Sun Ra Arkestra celebrates its 60th anniversary, continuing the cosmic jazz heritage of mythical pianist, composer and electronic music pioneer Sun Ra.
Sun Ra Arkestra
Marshall Allen conductor/alto saxophone/flute/EWI, Cecil Brooks trumpet, Tara Middleton vocal, Knoel Scott vocal/alto saxophone, James Stewart tenor saxophone, Danny Ray Thompson baritone saxophone, Dave Davis trombone, George Burton piano, Dave Hotep guitar, Tyler Mitchell doublebass, Elson Nascimento percussion, Wayne Anthony Smith Jr drums
Sun Ra was known for his layered big band music full of African and Eastern influences mixed with unusual sounds coming from his analogue keyboards. He was named after the Egyptian sun god and was purported to have come from Saturn, which he expressed in cosmic themes and titles such as Space is the Place and Astro Black. Originally based in Chicago, the Arkestra toured the world in flamboyant pharaoh costumes.
Presentation: Vera Vingerhoeds
Recording: Jurre Wieman