Space is the place, so get on board! Tonight, the Sun Ra Arkestra—under the direction of noted saxophonist Marshall Allen—will perform the otherworldly music of the late avant-garde jazz composer, bandleader and legend, Sun Ra. Allen played and recorded with Ra regularly from the 1950s until Ra’s death in 1993, and he has led the Arkestra since that time. For the uninitiated, the best primer to the Arkestra is perhaps 1980’s Sunrise in Different Dimensions, one of the best live recordings of Ra’s late-period band (the late ’50s albums Sound of Joy and Jazz in Silhouette are also essential listening). Tonight’s concert will be the first of two performances at Zebulon.
Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen plays at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23 at Zebulon.