SUN RA and the Sun Ra Arkestra:

Sun Ra at Newport, 1969
Sun Ra & the Arkestra at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1969
Jazz Visions Archives Photo/courtesy of Richard Walton



Sun Ra
July 1973, San Francisco
Sun Ra, SF, July 1973

Sun Ra, July 1973, San Francisco

Sun Ra Piano Reflection,
July 1973, San Francisco

Sun Ra, Berekely, 1974 Sun Ra at the One World Family
Berkeley, November 1974

John Gilmore at the One World Family
Berkeley, November 1974
John Gilmore, 11-74

Sun Ra, The Bayou, 1978

Sun Ra at The Bayou, DC, November 3, 1978

Sun Ra and June Tyson, at the Bayou,
Washington, DC, 1978
Sun Ra & June Tyson

Sun Ra, Marshall Allen & Michael Ray

Sun Ra, Marshall Allen & Michael Ray, at the Bayou,
Washington, DC, 1978

Sun Ra, Pension Building, DC, 1-23-82

Sun ra at the Pension Building, Dc, January 23, 1982
Sun Ra, Pension Building, DC, 1-23-82

Ra at the Kennedy Center


Arkestra at Kool Jazz Fest

Sun Ra & the Arkestra at the Kool Jazz Festival, June 5, 1983, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC


Sun Ra, Cosmic Costume Ball montage, 10-28-84

Sun Ra,cosmic Costume Ball Montage,
Old Post Office Pavilion, DC,
Halloween, October 28, 1984

Sun Ra, Cosmic Costume Ball, 10-28-84

Sun Ra,Cosmic Costume Ball,
Old Post Office Pavilion, DC,
Halloween, October 28, 1984

Sun Ra Arkestra, d.c. space, 10-11-86

Sun Ra Arkestra at d.c. space
October 11, 1986
Marshall Allen, Ronald Wilson, Tyrone Hill, John Gilmore

Sun Ra, d.c. space, 10-11-86

Sun Ra at d.c. space
October 11, 1986

Sun Ra at the 930 Club

John Gilmore

Sun Ra and John Gilmore, December 27, 1988 at the 930 Club, DC

Sun Ra and June Tyson, Wolf Trap Barns, 4-21-90
Sun Ra and June Tyson, Wolf Trap Barns,
April 21, 1990


Sun Ra Arkestra, Wolf Trap, 6-22-91
Sun Ra Arkestra, at Wolf Trap
June 22, 1991


Sun Ra, DC, 4-11-92
Sun Ra last performance in DC
First Congregational Church,
April 11, 1992
Marshall Allen, DC, 4-11-92
Marshall Allen, April 11, 1992


Trudy Morse, John Gilmore - Arkestra, DC, 5-15-93


Poet Trudy Morse, John Gilmore with the Arkestra,
DC, May 15, 1993

Billy Bang with Arkestra, DC, 5-15-93


Billy Bang with the Arkestra,
DC, May 15, 1993

John Gilmore with Arkestra, DC, 5-15-93


John Gilmore with t6he Arkestra,
DC, May 15, 1993


Arkestra at the 1993 DC World Jazz Festival


Arkestra at the DC World Jazz Festival,
July 3, 1993

John and Marshall at the 1993 DC World Jazz Festival


John Gilmore and Marshall Allen with the Arkestra
at the 1993 DC World Jazz Festival


Arkestra, 1993
Sun Ra Arkestra at the
Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum,
in the Philadelphia on October 16, 1993
Fred Adams, Michael Ray, John Gilmore,
Ahmed Abdullah, and Marshall Allen


Sun Ra Arkestra at the Underground Railroad,
Washington, D.C., March 15, 1996
Arkestra in D.C.

Arkestra in D.C. 2

Marshall Allen


Sun Ra Chicago Tribute

Sun Ra Tribute at the 1998 Chicago Jazz Festival


Arkestra at the 1999 Vision Festival


Arkestra 1999

The Arkestra at the 1999 Vision Festival


Arkestra, 2000, Knitting Factory
Sun Ra Arkestra at the Knitting Factory, NYC,
March 11, 2000


Marshall Allen with Arkestra, May 6, 2000, State Theater
Marshall Allen with Arkestra, May 6, 2000
at the State Theater, Falls Church, VA


Arkestra at Coppin State, 10-19-03

Sun Ra Arkestra at Coppin State University, October 19, 2003


Arkestra at Vision Festival 2004

Marshall Allen 80th birthday with the Arkestra at the 2004 Vision Festival


Marshall Allen at Vision Festival 2009
Sun Ra Arkestra at Vision Festival 2009 Marshall Allen, Arketra, Friends and Jeff Schlanger's Art at Vision Festival 2009

The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen at the 2009 Vision Festival



Along Came Ra was a 3-day celebration Of all things Sun Ra on the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Halloween Cosmic Costume Ball at the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, DC. I photographed the 1984 costume contest winner then and it was incorporated into the ads and flyers for the weekend. The weekend featured the Sun Ra Arkestra concert Halloween night, with special guest Bernie Worrell. There was a street parade with costumes and musicians, and Januwa Moja's fashion show with the Arkestra jamming Space Is The Place while the ladies strutted across the stage. My photos were be exhibited at the Pop-Up Museum, where Marshall Allen, Danny Thompson, Januwa, and Bill Warrell delivered the artist's talk, moderated by Dr. Thomas Stanley. Sunday night, a group from the Burnt Sugar Arkestra presented an entire program of Sun Ra's music at Liv, upstairs from the Bohemian Caverns.









Sun Ra/Henry Dumas Dialogues CD

The CD of 1966 dialogues and meditations between the poet and Sun Ra set to recordings of the Arkestra live at Slug's Saloon.
The cover photo of Ra is mine.

Click HERE for a better view of the Sun Ra profile photo.


Allman Brothers Guitarist in Sun Ra T-shirt The Stars Wear My T-Shirt Designs!!
This item from Billboard magazine shows Derek Trucks, the Allman Brothers guitarist, wearing the Sun Ra T-shirt with my photos.
Click on the link for an enlargement.


TheSun Ra Montage T-Shirt with my photo montage is available at Delta Haze Jazz-N-Blues Tees.



For more information go to the official website of the Sun Ra Arkestra


Additional Sun Ra links:

Saturn - Sun Ra archive by Moudry

Sun Ra Arkive: Exclusive Complete Interview with Irwin Chusid, Administrator for Sun Ra LLC

Sun Ra online discography

Sun RA Arkestra on Facebook.


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