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Posted: May 26th. 2024

Marshall Allen turns 100!

Marshall Allen, who joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1958 and leads the band since 1995, turned one hundred years old on May 25. Congratulations, Maestro!

To celebrate his birthday, WRTImusic uploaded to youtube a 47 minutes video of the Arkestra performing at Philadelphia Clef Club on May 21st. 2022. Worth of a visit!


Posted: April 26th. 2024


Posted: April 13th. 2024

More performances announced

We have just updated the ontour page with several more upcoming dates, including Marshall Allen's 100th. birthday celebration in Philadelphia.


Posted: February 4th. 2024

Article about Marshall Allen and the Arkestra on The Guardian

The Guardian has just published a nice article about Maestro Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra. You may read it here:


Posted: January 17th. 2024


Posted: January 5th. 2024

Extra show at TV Eye, Ridgewood, NY - Sold out

As the show for Jan. 17th. was sold out days ago, TV Eye has announced an extra show for Friday Jan. 19th. Already sold out, too!


Posted: December 2nd. 2023

First date for 2024 added - Links page removed

A first 2024 performance has been announced for Jersey City in Feb. 17th. We have opened another yearly tab on the ontour page, and they are already 21! A good archive to see where and when the Arkestra have played during the last two decades, and the best way to get info about upcoming performances.

At the same time, we have removed the links page; most of them were outdated, obsolete and gave back that funny "page not found" message. Tell google or bing what you want to get, and they will tell you the addresses.


Posted: October 31st. 2023

New photo gallery

Yes, it's been a while since we updated the multimedia page for the last time. Now we have included a new photo gallery with pictures shot by photographer Norberto Fernandes during the performance at Porto, Portugal, past October 19th. Don't miss them!


Posted: September 7th. 2023

European Tour in October

The Sun Ra Arkestra will fly again to Europe for a 14-days, 11-performances, 8-countries tour starting in Portugal on October 19th. See the Ontour page for details.


Posted: September 3rd. 2023

More performances announced

We have just updated our schedule, with performances in Chicago, Iowa City and Columbia, MO, for November.


Posted: July 15th. 2023

Article and video about Marshall Allen in "The Philadelphia Inquirer"

"At 99 years old, Marshall Allen is still exploring Sun Ra’s ‘space music’" is the title of a nice article published at the digital edition of the newspaper. It Includes a 4 minute video of Marshall talking about Sun Ra, music and life. Worth of a visit!


Posted: July 15th. 2023




Posted: June 2nd. 2023


Posted: May 17th. 2023

Dates Added

We have just updated our ontour page with many upcoming performances, among them several in U.K. and Germany for August.


Posted: April 17th. 2023

Tour across Canada in June

We posted this information a few weeks ago, but something happened and it dissapeared from our website: O.K., the Arkestra will tour Canada next June, with seven performances all across the country. More info at our ontour page.


Posted: April 5th. 2023


Posted: April 3rd. 2023

Marshall Allen's Birthday parties in Philadelphia

The show at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live on April 20th. is sold out, thus they have added another show on May 27th. Join the Arkestra for a cosmic party then! Ticket link:


Posted: March 11th. 2023

Marshall turns 99 in May!

Yes, Marshall Allen turns 99 years young on May 25th. On his birthday, the Sun Ra Arkestra will be celebrating at Keystone Corner in Baltimore. The event will be available worldwide through streaming. Get your tickets for both the venue or the stream at


Posted: February 24th. 2023

We Out Here Festival in Dorset, U.K.

Another European date announced: The Sun Ra Arkestra will play at We Out Here Festival in Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset on August 13th. Ticket link at their website:


Posted: February 18th. 2023

To California in July

The Arkestra will play four nights at SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco and two more nights at Los Angeles' Zebulon next July. Time to get your tickets! And see the ontour page for more info!


Posted: February 3rd. 2023

The Sun Ra Arkestra, back to Italy next August

Yes, it's been a while, exactly since the 2019 European Tour, but the Arkestra will fly again to beautiful Italy to perform at the Locus Festival in Locoretondo, near Bari, on August 14th. We are sure that Italian audiences haven't forgotten to travel the spaceways! You can already buy your tickets for the festival at the address:


Posted: January 7th. 2023

2023 is already here!


Posted: November 18th. 2022

Dates for 2023 already announced!

We have included the first 4 performances announced for next year. Please see the ontour page!


Posted: October 17th. 2022

Dates announced

New events announced on our schedule, including a visit to Germany with performances in Berlin & Hamburg. Please see the ontour page!


Posted: October 9th. 2022

Living Sky has been released

The new studio recording by the Sun Ra Arkestra has been released by Omni Sound. The album was recorded on June 15th. 2021 at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia with a lineup of 19 musicians.




Posted: August 6th. 2022

More dates announced

New events announced on our schedule, please see the ontour page!


Posted: April 5th. 2022

Dates added, including European Tour in May

We have updated our schedule again, adding some performances for April and May. We are proud to announce our fisrt trip to Europe in 3 years, with stops in Germany, Belgium, France and United Kingdom. Please check the Ontour page.


Posted: March 6th. 2022

Changes on the schedule!

The show at the University of Illinois announced for March 25th. has been finally cancelled. We are playing on Detroit, MI, on March 28th. instead. There are plans for an european tour on May, but in these times it's better to wait a little before making announcements. Always change! There is a change in the air!


Posted: February 11th. 2022

More Tour Dates!

The short tour in Illinois and Michigan, originally announced for the spring of 2020 and cancelled due to you-know-what, will take finally place on March 2022, with performances in Champaign, Chicago and Lakeside. Tickets for the last one are already sold out. See the Ontour page for more details..


Posted: January 26th. 2022

Tour Dates Announced!

The postponed trip to Portland and Los Angeles has been rescheduled for June. We have also added performances in Washington, DC, Brooklyn and Atlantic City for the upcoming months. See the Ontour page.


Posted: November 18th. 2021


The Sun Ra Arkestra, at Carnegie Hall Afrofuturism Festival

We are proud to announce that the Sun Ra Arkestra will be performing at Carnegie Hall on February 17th. 2022 as part of their Afrofuturism Festival! Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, November 17 at 11AM. All the info at Carnegie Hall's website:


Posted: Sept, 23rd. 2021

New performance announced!

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in collaboration with Ars Nova Workshop, Awbury Arboretum & production designer Eugene Lew present a performance by The Sun Ra Arkestra next September 26th. at 4 p.m.. The event will take place at Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia. It is a free event, but you must be registered in advance. The link for registering is Info about the event is at


Posted: August 13th. 2021

The Sun Ra Arkestra at Bric JazzFest, Brooklyn

The band will perform on the second night of the Bric JazzFest at BRIC House 647 Fulton st., Brooklyn. You can already buy your tickets at


Published: July 23rd. 2021

The Sun Ra Arkestra with 22 members at Summerstage

UPDATE FROM JULY 25TH.:The show can be watched on Youtube at this link. The Arkestra's performance starts around 1 hour 40 minutes from the beginning of the video.

The Arkestra will have an extended lineup of 22 musicians and one dancer for the performance at Summerstage in Central Park, New York, next Saturday. It promises to be an exciting concert!. Here is the complete list of musicians:

  • Marshall Allen. Leader Alto Saxophone, EVI, Vocals. Kora 
  • Tara Middleton. Vocal
  • Lauren Putty White. Dance
  • Robert Landham. Alto Saxophone
  • Chris Hemingway. Alto Saxophone
  • Nasir Dickerson. Tenor Saxophone
  • KNoel Scott. Baritone Saxophone
  • Cecil Brooks. Trumpet
  • Waldron Mahdi Ricks. Trumpet
  • Vincent Chancey. French Horn
  • Dave Davis. Trombone
  • Brent White. Trombone 
  • Robert Stringer. Trombone 
  • Farid Barron. Piano
  • Tyler Mitchell. Bass
  • D.Hotep. Guitar
  • Melanie Dyer. Viola.     
  • Gwen Laster. Violino
  • Nina Bogomas. Arpa
  • Wayne Anthony Smith Jr. Drums
  • Jorge Silva Repinique. Percussion. 
  • Ronald Mcbee. Conga, Percussion 
  • Elson Nascimento. Surdo Drums, Percussion

The show will be live streamed at our Facebook page and, for those not on FB, at The Arkestra starts playing at 8:15 p.m., Eastern Standard time


Posted: July 23rd. 2021

Juini's funeral

The funeral for our loved bass player Juini Booth was celebrated yesterday, July 22nd. His family was accompanied by a great number of musicians from Buffalo, New York, the city where he had lived during the last years.


Posted: July 13th. 2021

Juini Booth has left the planet

We are sad to say that Juini Booth, bass player of the band, has left planet Earth. He was a long time Arkestra member, having first joined the band in 1967.

Our show in Buffalo, NY, on Sept. 2nd. will be dedicated to him.

Goodbye, Juini, we'll miss you.


Posted: June, 4th. 2021

Performances announced!

Things seem to start returning to normality little by little. After the return of the Arkestra to the stages in Philadelphia few days ago, we are happy to announce two more dates for the next month: One in New York city, July 24th., and other back in Philadelphia early October. See the Ontour page for details.


Posted: May, 26th. 2021

Back to the stage!

Yes, it's been a while, but the Arkestra is back to bussiness with a performance celebrating Maestro Marshall Allen's 97th.birthday. The original date of May 26th. has been postponed due to the rain to May 27th. Tickets are already sold out at The Woodlands, Philadelphia, but anyway you can find information about the event at


Posted: March, 7th. 2021

The next generation of Sun Ra fans is coming!

The students of an elementary school in Spokane, Washington, have recorded a nice version of "Space is the Place", showing that there is still a long way ahead for Sun Ra's music. All musicians are students, and the spoken vocals are all kindergarten students. Listen to them at


Posted: Feb. 23rd. 2021

Performance on streaming, Feb. 27th., 6 p.m. PST

The concert by the The Arkestra will be the first installment of Total Luxury Spa’s new iniciative, The Garden Series. The live stream and Q&A will help raise funds and awareness for The World Stage, in efforts to ensure the survival of one of Los Angeles’ vital Jazz institutions.

Tickets are $5 and go on sale Tue Feb 24 at 4pm PST. All proceeds from ticket sales go to The World Stage. Here is the link to buy tickets:


Posted: Sept. 26th. 2020

Tusk Festival 2020 - Virtual

The Arkestra is back to action with a reduced band appearing at Tusk Virtual 2020 Festival. The performance was recorded at a Philadelphia studio, and its streaming will be available at the website of the festival on Sept. 28th. More info at


Posted: June 27th. 2020


The Sun Ra Arkestra will release a new cd soon

No title by now, no release date either, but the Sun Ra Arkestra has finished the mastering process for their new cd, and plans are to publish it during the upcoming weeks.

Recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks studio in Philadelphia some months ago, the cd will be the first studio recording by the band since "A song for the Sun". It will be published by Strut Records.

Strut has released an animated video of "Seductive Fantasy" as an introduction to the cd. "Seductive Fantasy" was first released on the LP "On Jupiter", from 1979. The video has been animated by Chad Van Gaalen, and here it is:



Posted: May 24th. 2020


Happy Birthday, Marshall

May 25th., it's Marshall Allen's Birthday! He arrived to planet Earth 96 years ago, joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1958 and leads the band since 1995. With all performances cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus crisis, he is currently at home waiting for the moment to go on stage again. Happy Birthday, Marshall!

By the way, on May 22nd., Sun Ra would have turned 106. Happy Birthday to you too, Sunny.


Posted: April 17th. 2020

Cancellations & postponements

All the upcoming performances by the Sun Ra Arkestra have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, including the European Tour which should have started early May.


Posted: March 25th. 2020

Changes in the schedule due to COVID-19

Several upcoming performances have been postponed or rescheduled due to the COVID-19 world crisis. All April shows are affected. See the ontour page to check how is the situation as of today.


Posted: March 13th. 2020

Danny Ray Thompson has left the planet

Danny Ray Thompson, long time Sun Ra Arkestra member, left the planet on Thursday night March 12, 2020. He was on 72 Arkestra recordings and performed on baritone sax, alto sax, flute, Neptunian libflecto (bassoon with French horn or saxophone mouthpiece), percussion, and vocals within the band.

He performed many years in the Sun Ra Arkestra, first joining it in 1967. He left the band in 1995, and rejoined in 2002. He also served as Band Manager 1981-1989.

The New York Times published a beautiful obituary, you can read it here.


Posted: March 12th. 2020

Changes in the schedule

The performance in Champaign, Il, announced for April 10th. has been suspended. And the performance in Madison, WI, which was announced for April 8th., has been moved to April 10th. As times look complicated during the next weeks, please keep an eye on the ontour page, which is always updated & official.


Posted: February 28th. 2020

More dates in USA & European Tour in May

We have just updated the schedule, adding more dates in USA and the announcement of an European Tour early May. See the ontour page for details.


Posted: January 22nd. 2020

We start adding dates to 2020

There will be another performance near Lake Michigan next April; besides the two already announced shows in Champaign and Chicago, Illinois, we are pleased to announce one more on the other bank of the lake, at the beautiful Lakeside Inn in Lakeside, Michigan. We'll post the ticket link soon.


Posted: November 26th. 2019

First 2020 dates announced

We have just updated our schedule with the last dates for 2019, but also adding the first few for next year, including another European tour in April and May. Take a look into the ontour page for details.


Posted: November 5th. 2019

Performances in Israel cancelled

The Arkestra should play in Haifa, Israel, on November 13th. and 14th., but both performances have been cancelled due to problems of the festival's sponsorship.


Posted: September 11th. 2019

Japan, Brazil & Europe again. Israel in November

The Arkestra will travel the spaceways for a flash visit to Tokyo, Japan, to participate in Shibutaisai festival conmemorating the 30th. anniversary of the japanese band Shibusashirazu. After that, they will play in Philadelphia, PA, before flying to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then to Europe for a new European Tour. On Nov. 13th. & 14th. they will appear in the Solow Festival in Haifa, Isarael. See the Ontour page for details.


Posted: September 11th. 2019

The Arkestra on Instagram

The band announces their one and only Instagram account, @sunraarkestraofficial


Posted: August 15th. 2019

Three performances in New York in September

Besides the rescheduled performance at Union Pool, Brooklyn, for Septembers 1st., the Arkestra will play in a tribute to Steve Cannon at Flamboyant Theater at the Clemente on Sept. 6th., and at James Cohan Gallery on 16th. Please see the ontour page for details.


Posted: July 7th. 2019

Union Pool rescheduled for Sept. 1st.

The performance at Union Pool, Brooklyn, which was announced for June 16th. and cancelled due to the rainy weather forecast, has been rescheduled for September 1st.


Posted: May 15th. 2019

More dates in USA

While the Sun Ra Arkestra keeps travelling the European spaceways with their tour celebrating Marshall Allen's 95th. birthday and Saun Ra's 105th., we have good news for American fans: we have just announced 3 more performances in USA, two for June and one in September. Please check the ontour page for details.


Posted: May 9th. 2019

News from Europe!

The European tour, named Marshall Allen's 95th. Birthday Tour, keeps visiting cities and countries all across the continent. They have sent this picture shot by German photographer Sibylle Zerr somewhere in (European) space. Click on it for a larger resolution version.

Also, a few other venues have been added to the tour dates, please check the on tour page.


Posted: April 22nd. 2019

European Tour started, more dates added

While The Sun Ra Arkestra has just started the big European Tour in United Kingdom, we have just added new dates in Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen. We travel the spaceways!


Posted: March 22nd. 2019

The European Tour keeps taking shape

We are adding more dates to the upcoming European Tour, from April 19th. to June 7th. As far as today, we have already confirmed 28 dates in United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands & Czech Republic. We'll keep informing!


Posted: February 22nd. 2019

California in July

The Sun Ra Arkestra will be back in California next July, with performances at San Francisco Jazz Center (July 18th.- 21st.) and Zebulon Cafe Concert (22nd. & 23rd.)


Posted: February 12th. 2019

To Newport in August

The band will travel to Newport, Rhode Island, for an appereance at the famous Newport Jazz Festival on August, 2nd.


Posted: January 18th. 2019

The Sun Ra Arkestra will play at the Red Bull Music Festival, Los Angeles, CA

The Red Bull Music Festival has announced its final lineup, with the last minute addition of the Sun Ra Arkestra, to perform on February 20th.


Posted: January 18th. 2019

Announcing the first 2019 European Tour

The Sun Ra Arkestra announces the first European Tour for this year, with performances in April and May. We have 10 confirmed dates by now, but we'll surely add more during the next weeks. Countries include U.K., Belgium, Germany, Austria and Hungary. Please check the ontour page for details.


Posted: November 28th. 2018

First tourdates for 2019

We are proud to announce our first 4 dates for Januray 2019: two in Portland and one in Seattle and Baltimore. Please see the on tour page for details. And keep tuned, we are publishing more very soon! We keep travelling the spaceways (from planet to planet)!


Posted: October 20th. 2018

Atakatune leaves the planet

Stanley Morgan Atakatune, Sun Ra Arkestra Percussionist, has departed the planet on Oct. 17th. 2018. He first joined the band in 1972, touring and recording intensively since then, and appearing in all major recordings by Sun Ra and the Arkestra. He rejoined the band in the 21st. century and appeared in many shows under the direction of Marshall Allen. He will be greatly missed.

Our deepest condolences to all family and friends.


Posted: October 18th. 2018

Nublu Jazz Festival (NY) & Music Box Village (LA) announced

The band announces upcoming performances at the Nublu Jazz Festival, in New York City (November 10th) and Music Box Village, New Orleans, on November 16th. and 17th. These are the posters for both events.


Posted: September 11th. 2018

Halloween performance at Johnny Brenda's & two more shows

Finally, the band will perform their Halloween concert at Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, on October 31st. Also, we have added two more upcoming shows at the ontour page, one in Rochester, NY and another one in New York City. See the ontour page for details.


Posted: August 23rd. 2018

The performance at Union Pool rescheduled for Setpt. 1st

The performance at Union Pool, Brooklyn, which was canceled on June 23rd. due to weather conditions, has been rescheduled for September 1st.


Posted: August 6th. 2018

New dates in USA announced

We have just included at our ontour page a bunch of dates for next fall, all in the United States. Check them and see if something is happening close to your place!


Posted: July 11th. 2018

The Arkestra appearing on Strangewaves, Paris, Canada

The band will perform two sets at the upcoming "Strangeways 4: Ever in Paris" festival. Not Paris, France, but Paris, Ontario, Canada. Saturday July 21st. is the date. Many other important names are playing also there, see the complete list at the image.


Posted: Jun 22nd. 2018

Concert in Brooklyn postponed until September

The concert announced in Union Pool, Brooklyn, for June 23rd. has been postponed until September 1st. due to the impending bad weather. Sorry for the inconveniences.


Posted: May 12th. 2018

Free "Space is the Place" at Damrosch Park

As part of the 10th. anniversary of the NYC club "Le Poisson Rouge", the 1974 Afrofuturist film "Space is the Place" wil be screened with the band playing the score live. This free performance will be presented as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2018, and takes place on Damrosch Park on Wed. August 8th at 6:30pm.


Posted: April 27th. 2018

New dates announced

We have just updated the list of upcoming performances with two more dates in New York, one in Baltimore and another one for the Australian Tour next June. Also 2 performances in Italy and one in Moscow, Russia. See the ontour page for details.

The performance at the Iridium, in New York City, on May 30th. will also be a celebration for the birthdays of Sun Ra, Marshall Allen and Charles Davis.


Posted: March 1st. 2018

Upcoming performances in Australia

The band will be back in Australia next June, performing in Melbourne (on 6th.) and Canberra (on 7th.). More info at the ontour page.


Posted: February 16th. 2018

The Arkestra appearing at Roots Picnic, Philadelphia

The band is appearing on Roots Picnic Festival, Philadelphia, on June 2nd. Ticket sale and complete info at


Posted: January 28th. 2018

New on youtube

Just published on, a complete performance by the Sun Ra Arkestra at the Jazz Cafe, London, filmed during their 3 days residence there past June. A great performance, with special guest Shabaka Hutchings. Don't miss it, and don't forget to stop the flash player on the upper frame before :-)


Posted: December 22nd. 2017

First dates for 2018!

We are proud to announce the first confirmed dates for year 2018. Please take a look at the on tour page, and see if there is a performance close to your town. And have a Cosmic New Year!


Posted: December 22nd. 2017

Performance in benefit of Doctors without Borders

It hadn't been previously announced (one of these last minute decissions), but the Sun Ra Arkestra played past Dec. 19th in New York City, Bowery Ballroom, with Yo La Tengo, Jon Glaser and DJ Gaylor Fields, in a performance in benefit of the organisation Doctors Without Borders, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, and which makes such an important job all across the world.


Posted: December 12th. 2017

New Year's Eve in Chicago

The Sun Ra Arkestra will start 2018 at Constellation, Chicago, where they are playing two days (Dec. 30th & 31st.), two sets per day. More info at the tourdates page.


Posted: November 15th. 2017

Back from Europe, back in Philadelphia

Just arrived from the Netherlands, where the last European tour ended, the band announces a performance in Philadelphia for Nov. 25th. See the on tour page for details...


Posted: September 12th. 2017 - Updated Oct. 16th

Next European Tour dates announced

We have already the dates and venues for the next European Tour of the Sun Ra Arkestra, which will take the band to United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Germany and The Netherlands between Oct. 27th. and Nov. 12th. A performance in Staten Island on Oct. 21st. has been announced as well. All the info at the tourdates page.


Posted: September 1st. 2017

Performances with Solange

The Sun Ra Arkestra is appearing with Solange in Boston, Washington and New York City, for a performance called "Orion's Rise". Check dates and get more info at the tourdates page.


Posted: July 24th. 2017

Dates in USA!

Finished the last European tour, and after performing in Philadelphia yesterday, tha band announces more dates for this Summer and Autumn in the United States. See the ontour page for details!


Posted: July 8th. 2017

Pictures from Italy

Photographer Alberto Terrile has published a gallery with beautiful b/w photos from the Arkestra's recent performance in Finale Ligure. You can watch them at


Posted: June 25th. 2017

Performance in Finale Ligure on July 7th.

In addition to the previously announced dates for the current European Tour, the band will perform also in the Italian city of Finale Ligure, more or less half-way between Genova and Nice. It will be an open air event, with free admission.


Posted: May 3rd. 2017

New tourdates added

We have just added to our tourdates page an upcoming performance in Philadelphia, PA, for May 20th., as well as a new European tour which will take place on the last days of June and the first days of July. The band is now visiting U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, Montenegro, France and Finland. Always travelling the spaceways!


Posted: January 12th. 2017

First tourdates for 2017

With the new year just begun, The Sun Ra Arkestra announces the first European Tour for 2017. As today, the list includes performances in Belgium, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Italy, though it could be expanded from now on. Please check the ontour page for details.


Posted: December 6th 2016

Hartmut Geerken, guest in Munich

The band ended the recent European Tour with a performance in Munich, Germany. Hartmut Geerken, longtime friend of Sun Ra and the Arkestra and author of the book "Omniverse Sun Ra" was invited to join the Arkestra on stage and play the "solar sun harp" which Sun Ra gave to him in a visit to Egypt. Photo: Johanna da Luz. Click on the image for a larger picture.


Posted: November 24th 2016

Nublu Jazz Festival

The Sun Ra Arkestra will perform two sets at the upcoming Nublu Jazz Festival in New York City. December 9th., 10 pm and midnight. Info and tickets at


Posted: November 16th 2016

The Arkestra begins a new European Tour

The Sun Ra Arkestra plays in Washington, DC on Nov. 19th. before leaving for Europe again. This time, they are playing in Uk, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. Please check the tourdates page for details.


Posted: July 26th. 2016

Charles Davis leaves the planet

Jazz giant Charles Davis, tenor and baritone saxophonist, left the planet on July 15th. He was 83.

Born in Goodman, Mississippi, during his more than 60 years of career, Charles composed, recorded and taught music, and on his performing side he played with nearly all the main jazz musicians.

Charles first entered the Arkestra in 1955, and played in such important Sun Ra early recordings as "Jazz in Silhouette", "Supersonic Jazz" or "Sound Sun Pleasure". After some years in the Arkestra, he left to continue his own career, appearing in near 100 recordings, 8 under his own name. He came back during the last years of Sun Ra (1989-1990), touring and playing in "Pleiades" and "Friendly Galaxy". In all these recordings, he played only baritone. And around 2000, he came back to the Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen to play tenor.

A memorial will be held at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City on September 24, 2016. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to support the mission of Jazzmobile: to Present, Preserve, Promote and Propagate JAZZ. 


Posted: July 25th. 2016

The Arkestra, on the New York Times

A beautiful photo shot by Drew Anthony Smith taken at the Pitchfork Festival on July 17th. has been included on the slideshow "Street Style: Pitchfork Music Festival", at the Style section of the New York Times. Here is the link to the complete slideshow.


Posted June 28th. 2016

Dates in Europe & USA added to the tour schedule

We have just updated the on tour page adding new dates in Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and USA for the next two months. Tha band is still arranging other performances, so keep connected!


Posted May 2nd. 2016

Two dates in London added to upcoming European Tour

While the band flies for Japan, where they are performing on 2016 "Worldwide Session" next May 4th., we are proud to announce that the next tour will include two days in London, May 14th. and 15th., at Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, at the heart of Hackney.


Posted April 18th. 2016

With Jerry Gonzalez in Madrid

Latin Jazz celebrity Jerry Gonzalez attended the Arkestra's performance in Madrid and was talking with Marshall & other members of the band before the concert. As Danny Thompson's baritone hadn't arrived in time, he provided another one so Discipline-27 could sound as always. Thanks, Jerry!


April 14th. 2016 - New dates announced

We have just updated our "on Tour" page with new dates, including a second European Tour in May and some other performances in USA. Don't miss them!


March 16th. 2016.

The Sun Ra Arkestra announces a surprise performance in Austin, Texas for March 18th.


March 16th. 2016. Here is a flyer for the upcoming performance in Worldwide Session in Japan


February 23rd. 2016 - European Tour announced for April, as well as other dates in USA & Japan

You may find at the Ontour page the list of performances confirmed by now for the 60th. Anniversary Tour. A second tour in May will be announced soon.


November 29th. First dates for 2016 already announced

The Sun Ra Arkestra is proud to open the 2016 tab at the ontour page with the first 5 performances confirmed for 2016, all in USA by now. Many more will be added soon...


November 27th. The Arkestra appearing on the Sixth Annual Nublu Jazz Festival

The Sun Ra Arkestra will perform at Nublu, New York City, next Dec. 5th. at the Nublu Jazz Festival.


October 1st. Two dates in U.K. announced for end of October

The Sun Ra Arkestra will perform two shows in Cafe Oto, London, in October 24th. and in Nottingham in October 25th. See the ontour page for details.


August 28th. 2015 - New Dates in USA announced

We have just updated our "On Tour" page adding new dates in Richmond, New York City, Philadelphia & Rochester. Please note also that the performance first announced for Sept. 11th. in Baltimore has moved to Oct. 9th.


July 19th. 2015 - New European Tour announced for August

At the "On Tour" page, you may find the complete list of performances all across Europe just confirmed for next month, as well as a new performance in Cleveland for November.


May 30th. 2015 - New tourdates confirmed

We have just updated the "on tour" page announcing new performances in United Kingdom, New York and Philadelphia. Don't miss them.


May 21st. 2015 - Celebration performance

The Sun Ra Arkestra will celebrate the arrivals on Earth of Sun Ra and Maestro Marshall Allen with a performance in Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA. Come and join us!


April 20th. New upcoming performances announced

We have just added to our "on tour" page several performances in USA & Europe for the next months, and many more will be announced very soon. Stay tuned!


January 11th. First dates for 2015 announced!

2014, year of Sun Ra's centennary, was one of the most intense for the Sun Ra Arkestra so far, visiting many countries and playing in all continents except Africa and Antarctica. After a few weeks break, the band starts 2015 touring again with a performance in New York City at the end of January, and their first visit to Europe in mid-March. See the "on tour" page for details.


November 29th. New Year's Eve performance in Chicago announced.

While the band is returning to USA from their recent tour in Europe, a performance in Constellation, Chicago, is announced for New Year's Eve. See the "On Tour" page for more info.


October 25th. An essay about Sun Ra by writer Stefany Anne Golberg

We are proud to include in our website, in the page about Sun Ra and with the author's permission, a beautiful and philosophical essay by Stefany Anne Golberg, first appeared in May for Sun Ra's Centennial in "The Smart Set", an online magazine from Drexel University. She has made some corrections from the original text specially for our website. Thanks, Stefany Anne!


October 25th. New European Tour announced for the last days of November

The band will fly to Europe again in November, for a short tour with 3 dates in London, 1 in Denmark and 2 more in Poland. See the ontour page for details.


October 17th. Tribute to John Ore in New York City on Oct. 20th

John Ore, who began playing bass with the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1961 and had been sporadically playing with the band since then, left the planet past August. There will be a Memorial Tribute in New York City next monday, where members of the Arkestra are supposed to be. Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, at 54th. Street. 6:30 pm.


October 17th. New peformance dates for the last part of 2014

After a few weeks break, the Sun Ra Arkestra returns to the stage with a Halloween performance in Washington, DC. A new date at Nublu, in New York City's East Village, has been also announced for the beginning of December. See the On Tour Page. There will be soon news about a new visit to Europe, surely at the end of November. Stay tuned!


August 8th. Final Schedule for the upcoming European Tour

The band is ready to fly again for Europe to start their third European Tour in 2014. Check the dates at our "on tour" page.


August 3rd. A new video added to the multimedia page

It's been published at Youtube the video recording of the Arkestra's recent performance in Lugano, July 11th. Great quality of image and sound. If you have missed this past tour with the extended lineup, you have a chance to watch an entire concert at our multimedia page.


July 22nd. - Photo Gallery from Ljubljana and Cerkno

Slovenian photographer Petra Cvelbar has published on her website a beautiful gallery with black & white pictures shot during the recent performances of the Arkestra in Ljubljana and Cerkno, July 18th. and 19th. Worth of a visit:


July 17th. - Audio streaming of Primavera Sound Festival

The band keeps touring Europe with the extended line up, and in the meanwhile, makes available for all audiences the audio of the concert in Barcelona, past May 29th., during the Primavera Sound Festival. You can listen to it at



July 8th. - Photo gallery from U.K.

While the band flies to Europe for their next European tour with the extended lineup, we are proud to link with British photographer Gerald Jenkins' website, where there is a beautiful gallery of photos taken during the recent visit to U.K. You can watch them under the music section at



July 6th. - Photo gallery from Japan

The guys at Blue Note Tokyo have published at their website a report and a nice photo gallery from the recent performances by the Arkestra


July 3rd. - BBC recording session available on line

Two weeks after the Arkestra's recording session at the BBC studios in U.K., the complete session can be listened at BBC's website, along with several videos of the same event. It can be available only for a few days. Don't miss it!


June 24th. - Two fragments from the film "A Joyful Noise" availables on our site

Robert Mugge, director of the 1980 film "A Joyful Noise", the best documentary about Sun Ra ever filmed, has authorized our wbsite to show two long excerpts from his film, that you can watch at our multimedia page. Enjoy! Thanks, Robert!


June 2nd. - More dates for the current European Tour

The Sun Ra Arkestra announces 4 more performances in London for June 16-17 & 25-26, at Cafe Oto.


May 25th - Marshall Allen's birthday

Marshall Allen, director of the Sun Ra Arkestra, turned 90 on May 25th. The celebration was of the kind he likes, with a performance in Kassel, Germany. But after the show, the band shared with him this specially made cake:


May 22nd - Today is Sun Ra's Centennial... and we announce new dates for July

Coinciding with such an special date as today, a century ago from Sun Ra's arrival to our planet, we are pleased to announce a second European Tour for July. Please see the tourdates page to check if any is close to your earthly place.

In this case, the band will be renamed as "Sun Ra Centennial Dream Arkestra", and will be expanded to a total of 22 musicians and 2 dancers.


May 20th - Countdown for Sun Ra's Centennial

Just two days for the Centennial of Sun Ra's arrival to this planet! The Arkestra keeps performing across Europe. On May 22nd., Sun Ra's Centennial, they will perform in Zurich, Switzerland. On May 25th., Marshall Allen's 90th. birthday, they are appearing in Kassel, Germany.

Among the many celebrations for these dates, we recommend two radio broadcasts, both available through the web:

Charles Blass does a total of 12 hours of Sun Ra radio in a two part program broadcast live from Zurich, Switzerland.

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (midnight) EST
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (midnight) EST
Sun Ra Omniversal Arrival Centennial - Sun Radio
LORA-FM, 97.5 FM, Zurich, Switzerland

This event will be livestreamed at


Thursday, May 19, 2014 - Sunday, May 23, 2014 EST
Sun Ra Centennial Festival
WKCR-FM, 89.9 FM, New York, New York

Including a 48 hours marathon on May 22nd.- 23rd.

These events will be livestreamed at



May 3rd - Final (?) schedule for the Sun Ra Arkestra "Jubilee Tour" across Europe

We are pleased to announce the (by now) final list of upcoming performances in Europe during the Jubilee Tour, from May 17th. to June 27th. It's a long time since the band did such a long European tour, covering many countries and different kind of venues. Please see the tourdates page to find a performance close to your location. There is one for sure!


May 3rd - All about Jazz's review of the Arkestra's performance at the Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia

Victor L. Schermer, from All about Jazz, one of the most (if not the most) important websites about jazz, writes a great review of this recent performance. Worth of reading at this link