Sun Ra

May 22 of this year is the 100th anniversary of the arrival to this planet of Sun Ra. As a piano player, composer and bandleader Sun Ra’s terrestrial incarnation was one of the true innovators in jazz; a bridge spanning the beginnings of big band jazz to a distant world that only exists now in Afrofuturist science fiction. He was a piano prodigy who as a young man found work with the Fletcher Henderson orchestra, among other bands. His career got really interesting, though, after his trip to...