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Happy 100th Birthday Marshall Allen: In Conversation With Naima Nefertari


Focus on Marshall Allen

Marshall Allen is a truly living legend of jazz. Born in 1924, he was alive for the fruition of the genre. he fought in World War II and studied alto saxophone in a Paris he helped liberate. He joined Sun Ra on his Arkestra, an afrofuturist project that would span decades. He turns 100 years old today, 25th May 2024.

This episode features a conversation between Marshall Allen and Naima Nefertari. Allen explores his early life and memories, and the music that shaped him.


  • 0:00:12
    Sun Ra 
    Tapestry From An Asteroid
  • 0:02:30
    Lionel Hampton 
  • 0:05:41
    Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra
    Slumming On Park Avenue
  • Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald 
    Big Boy Blue
  • The Johnny Dodds’ Trio
    Indigo Stomp
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 
    The Hawk Talks
  • James Moody Boptet 
    Real Cool
  • Ulysse Delecluse & Jack Delecluse
    Solo De Concours For Clarinette And Piano
  • Trumpet Young Und Sein Negerorchester 
    In My Solitude
  • Django Reinhardt 
    Blues For Ike
  • Sun Ra 
    The Beginning
  • Sun Ra 
    Spontaneous Simplicity
  • Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra
    Voice Of Space
  • Sun Ra
    Live At Slug's Saloon (1969-1970)
  • Sun Ra
    El Is A Sound Of Joy