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Venue:
Johnny Brenda's1201 N. Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $20 General Admission
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 8:00pm

Sun Ra Arkestra

Halloween Celebration

Please join us for this special Halloween night performance featuring one of the greatest big bands of all time - The Sun Ra Arkestra. Operating under the direction of saxophonist Marshall Allen - who celebrated his 91st year in 2015 - the Arkestra returns to Johnny Brenda’s for another intimate  evening. With such a massive, joyous songbook and the kind of well organized chaos that sees their legendary 2-hour sets move deftly between rolling grooves, sing-along chants and atonal blasts of mischievous brass, the Arkestra remain one of the most unmissable live acts today.

Sun Ra was one of the greatest and least known jazz artists of the last four decades, whose influence on diverse musicians is little known to the general public. A pianist and band leader, his style ranged from retro swing to avant free, and often in the same piece. His band could play a swinging Gershwin tune and almost imperceptibly soar into their free cosmic equational tones as if they possessed a single mind.  Ra was a keyboard improviser of great originality, but his foremost talent was for inspiring and teaching creative musicians to improvise freely but together. This tension between freedom and coherence was something he explored with abundant energy and skill. 

Sun Ra died in 1993. The Arkestra performs today, under the direction of alto saxophonist Marshall Allen.