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’s. Sun Ra sent a strong spiritual and musical message to his  Arkestra wanting them to help make the universe better through positive  vibrations and music. 

The Sun Ra Arkestra are known worldwide for their live shows that combine big band swing, space-age jazz, singing, dancing, chanting and Afro-pageantry. The  Arkestra has been at the forefront of ‘Afro-futurism’ since their inception.  

Maestro Marshall Allen, the avant-garde alto saxophonist, is 99 years young and has been 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 valve instrument). 

The Arkestra’s 2020 album “Swirling” was nominated for a Grammy Award for  best big band jazz ensemble recording. 

After more than 60 years, the band continues to travel the globe on their Inter Galactic tour. Recent highlights include shows at the Kennedy Center, Radio  City Music Hall with Solange, The Berlin Opera House, the Burlington Jazz  Festival and four nights at SF Jazz 

In 2024 they will be performing at the Jazz & Blossoms Festival in Washington,  DC, The Ecliptic Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas, two European tours and a  benefit show for the Trombone Shorty Foundation in New Orleans.  

They will be appearing at Sony Hall in NY on June 15 with Yo La Tengo as a part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. 

“The possible has been tried and failed. Now it’s time to try the impossible.” Sun Ra

Per New York City’s guidance, Sony Hall is requiring all guests, staff & musicians ages 12+ to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter. Children ages 5 to 11 must have received at least one dose.

Proof of vaccination may include your physical CDC card, photo of your CDC card, NYC Covid Safe App, or the NYS Excelsior Pass.

In addition to the vaccination policy, New York City continues to encourage masks for all indoor gatherings, except while you are actively eating and drinking.