Sun Ra Arkestra
Sun Ra founded the Sun Ra Arkestra in Chicago in the mid-1950’s. Sun Ra
was among the earliest pioneers of the synthesizer and the free jazz
revolution of 1960.
The Sun Ra Arkestra combines big-band swing, space-age jazz, singing,
dancing, chanting and Afro-pageantry. The Arkestra’s live shows feature
13-20 musicians and they have been performing worldwide for more than
Maestro Marshall Allen, the avant-garde alto saxophonist, who is 97 years
young – has been leading and directing the Arkestra since 1995. Marshall
has been performing with the Sun Ra Arkestra since the mid-1950’s. In
addition to alto saxophone, he also plays on flute, oboe, and EVI (electronic
Marshall continues to travel and record with the band. The Arkestra’s 2020
album “Swirling” is nominated for a Grammy Award for best big band jazz
The Sun Ra Arkestra 2022 schedule includes a US tour and shows in
Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom.