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Sun Ra's Biography

Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, legal name Le Sony'r Ra; May 22, 1914 – May 30, 1993) was a prolific jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his "cosmic philosophy," musical compositions and performances. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a 1979 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

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  • Free-Range Bassist

      News Source: East Bay Express | 9 days ago
    When Damon Smith's girlfriend decided to enroll in an art history doctoral program at Houston's Rice University in 2010, the longtime Oakland resident and bassist was sad to leave a region in which he'd forged wide-ranging creative bonds. But he was
  • TV Picks: 'Community,' HBO Sunday series, 'Brothers Hypnotic'

      News Source: Los Angeles Times | 13 days ago
    Ratings have been reported historically low, but that this show, which now bears almost no relation to anything we have heretofore recognized as a sitcom, is surviving at all on a broadcast network seems miraculous to me. (And not a miracle I expect
  • Where Films Become Performance

      News Source: East Bay Express | 16 days ago
    Recently, Tooth hosted "Adventures Close to Home," for which he wove together home movie clips and found prints to create mysterious narratives. For example, an NYU student's immaculately preserved silent art film from 1974 was followed by footage of

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