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Sun Ra

MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL Photo of SUN RA, performing live onstage (Photo by Andrew Putler/Redferns)

Sun Ra

A special radio series inspired by the music of Sun Ra was broadcast on 22 May 2024. NTS aired an episode dedicated to the music of Sun Ra on 23 September 2022. Sun Ra has been played over 220 times on NTS, first on 18 January 2014. Sun Ra's music has been featured on 203 episodes.

Sun Ra (1914 – 1993) was an innovative jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesiser player, who came to be known as much for his Cosmic Afro-futurist Philosophy as for his phenomenal musical compositions and performances.

He claimed that he was of the "Angel Race", not from Earth but from Saturn….