Danny Ray Thompson arrived on the planet 10/01/1947 in New York City. Moved to Los Angeles with Family Graduated La High School in 65. Played music in High School Band and with various youth bands there. Moved back to Harlem and studied for a year at night school Julliard School of Music. Studied with Garvin Bushell Flute and Alto sax,studied briefly with James Spaulding Flute. First professional gig with Babatunde Olatungi in 66, there met Marshall Allen and John Gilmore,studied Alto and Flute with Marshall Allen. Met Sun Ra through them. Joined the band in 67. Moved to Philadelphia with Sun Ra in 68. Became Arkestra Manager in 81 and remained in that position till 89. I play Baritone,Alto sax's, Flute,Percussions. Took a brief leave of absence for 7 years. Rejoined the band in 2002. Still with the Sun Ra Arkestra at this time. Influences Sun Ra, Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Olatunji, Coleman Hawkins, Harry Carney, John Coltrane.
Love music, life.