Join us at Town Hall to celebrate the Sun Ra Arkestra’s impact on the sound and evolution of avant garde jazz. Led by Musical Director Marshall Allen, who has been with the Arkestra for over 60 years – 20 years longer than Sun Ra himself, hear the development of the big-band tradition first hand in this thrillingly creative performance.
Marshall Allen assumed the position of Arkestra Musical Director in 1995, following the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995. Marshall continues to be committed to the study, research, and development of Sun Ra's musical precepts and has launched the Sun Ra 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 for the Arkestra. He works unceasingly to keep the big-band tradition alive.