GOD OF CRAZY

Jazz’s ultimate outlier is celebrated by friends

Avant-garde ’til the end, jazzist Sun Ra was loyal to his loves: electric keyboards, fierce aggregation, and claiming he was from Saturn. But 16 years after his death, more than a few people on this planet remain equally enamored with him; expect free long fans in droves for the Sun Ra Arkestra’s first NY show in half a year. The band is composed largely of the ’50s ensemble’s original members—tenor John Gilmore and increasingly famous alto Marshall Allen, for two—and their sense of adventure isn’t something they merely remember; it’s as timeless as their fearless leader.
Sun., Dec. 27, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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