Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

Sun Ra

Eclectic, outrageous, sometimes mystifying but always imbued with a powerful jazz consciousness, the music of Sun Ra has withstood its skeptics and detractors for nearly three generations. And well it should, since Sun Ra has been both apart of and ahead of the jazz tradition during that time. Like Duke Ellington and swing-era pioneer Fletcher Henderson, Sun Ra learned early on to write music in an arranged form that showcased the specific talents of his individual Arkestra members, and he has retained the services of some of these musicians to this day: John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Julian Priester for example since they first joined in the 1950's. On the other hand, Sun Ra was the first jazz musician to perform on electronic keyboards (56), the first to pursue full-scale collective improvisation in a big band setting, and his preoccupation with space travel as a compositional subject predated bands like Weather Report by about 15 years.All this from someone who refuses to even cite the earth as his home planet and prefers to have arrived from Saturn. As Sun Ra once explained it, “I never wanted to be a part of planet Earth, but I am compelled to be here, so anything I do for this planet is because the Master-Creator of the Universe is making me do it. I am of another dimension. I am on this planet because people need me”.

Read more

44 Photos

Discography

Videos

Similar

Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy
reeds
Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman
sax, alto
John Zorn John Zorn
sax, alto
Carla Bley Carla Bley
piano
Cecil Taylor Cecil Taylor
piano
Albert Ayler Albert Ayler
sax, tenor
Don Cherry Don Cherry
trumpet
Marc Ribot Marc Ribot
guitar

Premium Profiles

Marco Santilli Marco Santilli
clarinet
Norman David Norman David
sax, soprano
Hilde Hefte Hilde Hefte
vocalist
Rob Reddy Rob Reddy
saxophone
Jamie O'Donnell Jamie O'Donnell
sax, alto
Phil Allen Phil Allen
trombone
Tommy Smith Tommy Smith
sax, tenor
Lisa Kelly Lisa Kelly
vocalist
Sal La Rocca Sal La Rocca
bass, acoustic
Mark Lewis Mark Lewis
saxophone
Maureen Choi Maureen Choi
violin
Ken Field Ken Field
sax, alto

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!