From the Vault: Sun Ra

Sun Ra’s arrival on Earth was May 22, 1914 and his departure was May 30th 1993.

Sun Ra was a Conscientious Objector during World War II which presented him with many distasteful experiences including jail time and eventual non combat duty.

Sun Ra played early on with several traditional jazz legends including Fletcher Henderson and Coleman Hawkins. Mark Maxwell Maxwell explain the impact Jazz legends had on Sun Ra… and the impact Sun Ra had on others such as John Coltrane.

Sun Ra officially changed his name to Le Sony’r Ra in 1952, Ra taken for the Egyptian Sun God.

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