“Sun Ra Radio” Premieres Online

Three lengthy podcasts available now on interstellar bandleader’s archive website

Sun Ra prepares to perform at the Village Gate in New York City for the opening concert of the Greenwich Village Jazz Festival in 1987. image 3
Mitchell Seidel

Sun Ra prepares to perform at the Village Gate in New York City for the opening concert of the Greenwich Village Jazz Festival in 1987

The Sun Ra Music Archive, online home of much of the prolific keyboardist/composer/bandleader/theorist’s album catalog, has just premiered the first three episodes of a new radio series, Sun Ra Radio.

The episodes, each approximately three hours long, present an overview of the alleged Saturn native’s career with a combination of studio and live recordings by him and his long-running Arkestra, plus vintage interviews with the man himself and other artists, including Andrew Cyrille, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Sunny Murray, Archie Shepp, Bernard Stollman, and the Rev. Frank Wright.

Most of the music played on the series is taken from remastered albums on the Saturn and El Saturn labels, which are available in their entirety elsewhere on the website. Further episodes, containing more music and interviews, are scheduled for the future.

Check out Sun Ra Radio. 

Read a JazzTimes review of Sun Ra’s Singles collection. 

Dig into Tad Hendrickson’s JazzTimes feature on the Arkestra’s modern-day leader, Marshall Allen.