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Just Announced!
The Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of Marshall Allen, will be appearing at this show unexpectedly. Showtime is now 7pm sharp and tickets are $10 (not $8).

Sunday, January 20th brings together some of the Southeast's finest musicians for an evening devoted to the explorations of the highly influential life and spirit of the one and only Sun Ra. From parts unknown he began his journey on this planet in the southern regions of Alabama, then moved on to the outer realms of space to influence generations of musicians and artists from all walks of life. The Sun Ra Arkestra was pivotal in combining improvised music with dance, spoken word, and theater while still being deeply rooted in the blues traditions of jazz.

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  • The Sun Ra Arkestra

    John Rogers, musician, jazz enthusiast, and historian approached several people with the idea of putting together a benefit highlighting the works of Sun Ra and his ever-evolving ensemble after meeting some the surviving musicians on a recent trip to New York. Through John's tireless efforts, he called upon many of Nashville's finest performers, who in turn called their friends from everywhere else to participate!

    Saturn Explorations:
    A benefit for Marshall Allen and the surviving members of the Sun Ra Arkestra
    Sunday, January 20th
    12th & Porter Playroom | Nashville,TN
    7pm | $8 cover
    (all proceeds will go to Marshall Allen and the remaining members of the Arkestra)

    The Transcendental Crayon Ensemble:
    Consisting of a revolving line up but centering around a core group of six players. John Rogers' Ensemble has anywhere from eight to twenty musicians on stage at any time. This group plays all styles of improvised music from funk to avante garde jazz and beyond. The TCE also showcases the areas best abstract painters who paint while the band plays.

  • Transcendental Crayon Ensemble

    Chris Grainger, Dave Walden, Joseph Maloney, and special guest soloists play their unique blend of poly-rhythmic 1970's electric jazz/funk meets 21st Century music. In a single show, the listener is likely to hear everything from R&B laced instrumental grooves, live electronica, dub-infused reggae, latin, over the top metal, to very tight improvisational jazz. SCHFViLKUS has recently signed a record deal with Paras/Rykodisc for their newest release Genrealization. Catch them here before their 2002 U.S. tour beginning in Febuary!


    Jeff Coffin & the Vibration Arts Ensemble:
    Flecktone saxophonist and Grammy Award winner Jeff Coffin gathers together an all-star ensemble for a night of music and improvisation dedicated to the free spirit of late jazz great Sun Ra. The ever-mutating V.A.E. finds Coffin on saxes and other wind blown instruments, Jeff Sipe/Apt. Q-258 (AquariumRescue Unit, Leftover Salmon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks) on drums and percussion, Jim Mayer (Jimmy Buffet) on acoustic bass, Coffin's Mu'tet regular Chris Walters (Alabama) on keyboards, and rounding out the group isthe acclaimed saxophonist Don "Big Chief" Aliquo. This is certain to be a night of surprises (as well as surprise guests?)!


    If you're in the area, and you're a fan of spontaneous and energetic music, then this is a night not to be missed. As in the spirit of Sun Ra, we don't know what's gonna happen 'til it happens, and who knows who's going to show up and sit in, but it's guaranteed that on Sunday January 20th at 12th and Porter, SPACE will most certainly be THE PLACE...

  • [Published on: 1/8/02]

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