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Venue:
Johnny Brenda's1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia , PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 8:30pm

Sun Ra Arkestra

Marshall Allen Birthday Celebration

Marshall Allen, alto sax, EVI, vocals, handheld electric piano
Knoel Scott, alto sax, vocals
Danny Ray Thompson, baritone saxophone
Cecil Brooks, trumpet
Kwami Hadi, trumpet
Fred Adams, trumpet
Dave Davis, trombone
Ernest Stuart, trombone
Tyle Mitchell, double-bass
Juni Booth, el. bass
Dave Hotep, el. guitar
Kash Killion, cello
Craig Haynes, drums
Elson Nascimento, surdo
Atakatune, congas
Teddy Thomas, congas
Farid Barron, keyboards
Yah Yah Abdul-Majid, percussion
Tara Middleton, vocals
Chandra Washington, dance

Ars Nova Workshop presents a very special performance by the Sun Ra Arkestra in celebration of the 89th birthday of Arkestra leader Marshall Allen, and the 99th anniversary of Sun Ra’s arrival on Earth. Also, an opening performance by Mike Reed's People, Places and Things.

Marshall Allen performed with pianist Art Simmons, Don Byas and James Moody before enrolling in the Paris Conservatory of Music. After relocating to Chicago, Allen became a pupil of Sun Ra, subsequently joining the Arkestra in 1958 and leading its formidable reed section. He is featured on over 200 Sun Ra recordings, and has collaborated with Sonic Youth, Digable Planets and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Allen assumed the position of maestro in 1995, following the ascension of Sun Ra and John Gilmore. Marshall continues to be committed to the study, research, and development of Sun Ra's musical precepts and has launched the Arkestra into a dimension beyond that of mere "ghost" band by writing fresh arrangements of Sun Ra's music, as well as composing new music and arrangement.

Mike Reed's People, Places & Things
Greg Ward, alto saxophone
Tim Haldeman, tenor saxophone
Jason Roebke, bass
Mike Reed, drums

Chicagoan Mike Reedhas worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Josh Abrams, Jason Adasiewicz, Jeb Bishop, and Dave Rempis. Also an active concert organizer in Chicago, Reed is the director of the Pitchfork Music Festival, the co-founder of Hungry Brain's Sunday Transmission Series, and involved with both the Umbrella Music Festival and the Chicago Jazz Festival. Among the ensembles he leads is People, Places and Things, whose 2010 LP, Stories and Negotiations, placed on the year-end lists of The New York Times, NPR and Village Voice. Last year, the group released its fourth album, Clean On The Corner.