I did not expect to be completely blown away in each moment of this!!! The set started at around 11:45 and the amazing Marshall Allan turned 87 at midnight. I still can't believe it. He plays like a very accomplished and vibrant 45 year old that was already a master of his craft at age 7. Really! That's a metaphor, I don't know the actual history of his progression as a reed player, but he was incredible.
The drums were killer! I couldn't get enough of them. The baritone and alto were fantastic. I loved the trumpet. The flute was awesome.
It's a great venue for them. They kicked butt! I thought about going to Sullivan Hall for the early birthday show the next night, but how could it be as phenomenal as this? I think they should start playing LPR instead.
This was hands down the highlight of a stellar evening of music.
I got the arkestra members from the website, but I don't think all of them were there, although there was a good amount of them.
THE SUN RA ARKESTRA
Under the direction of Marshall Allen
MARSHALL ALLEN alto saxophone - flute - EVI - joined Arkestra in 1958
CHARLES DAVIS baritone saxophone - joined Arkestra in 1955
ART JENKINS vocals - percussion - joined Arkestra in 1960
MICHAEL RAY trumpet - vocals - joined Arkestra in 1978
JOHN ORE bass - joined Arkestra in 1961
FRED ADAMS trumpet - joined Arkestra in 1982
KNOEL SCOTT alto saxophone - joined Arkestra in 1979
VINCENT CHANCEY french horn - joined Arkestra in 1976
CECIL BROOKS trumpet
DANNY THOMPSON flute, baritone sax, alto sax, bassoon- joined Arkestra in 1967
REY SCOTT baritone saxophone - joined Arkestra in 1988
DAVE DAVIS trombone - joined Arkestra in 1997
LUQUMAN ALI drums - joined Arkestra in 1964
ELSON NASCIMENTO percussion - joined Arkestra in 1988
D. HOTEP guitar - joined Arkestra in 2000
YAHYA ABDUL-MAJID tenor saxophone - joined Arkestra in 1980
BILL DAVIS bass - joined Arkestra in 1962
JUINI BOOTH bass - joined Arkestra in 1967
FARID ABDUL-BARI BARRON piano
WAYNE ANTHONY SMITH Jr. drums