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Apple’s Beats1 radio is the most recent addition to the internet’s array of leading radio stations. Streaming live from cities across the world, listeners can keep reading »

Sun Ra‘s master tapes are for sale on eBay. For $26,000, you can own the Sun Ra Arkestra’s “historic master tapes, stampers, and mothers.” Warren keep reading »

Over sixty years ago, Sun Ra organized his Arkestra as a conduit of his ever-changing devotion to sound, spirituality, and the mysterious effects of his music on audiences around the world. Now, nearly 100 years after his birth, the Sun Ra Arkestra is coming together again this weekend under the direction of saxophonist and original Arkestra member Marshall Allen to pay tribute to some of Sun Ra’s compositions and his legacy at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Milford Graves may not be a name that you recognize, but Graves is most certainly a force to be reckoned with if you’re involved in music medicine, therapy, education, or any number of combinations. Graves is known by any number of names and sounds including the “jazz scientist,” (for his work as an acupuncturist, herbalist, martial artist, and music therapist), Professor Graves (for his longtime teaching position at Bennington College), and the drummer with Miriam Makeba, the New York Art Quartet, Sun Ra, Paul Bley, and many more.

There was a time not so long ago when artists were as concerned about their performance, their persona, and their outfits, in addition to the funky grooves that they were sending out into the airwaves. The Revivalist shares with you our favorite images of funk fashion royalty, artists who have carried trends over the decades, and pioneered aesthetic choices and started trends, while simultaneously audaciously declaring their identity through their choice of clothing.

Mark De Clive Lowe celebrates the 1 year anniversary of his monthly LA party CHURCH, an innovative night of live jazz music elevated to the next level with improvised beat sessions. In the spirit of LA open jams, any variety of producers, musicians, singers, and lyricists come through to collaborate. Cats like Robert Glasper, Chris Daddy Dave or Ohmega Watts have sat in.

For all of you die-hard Sun Ra fans out there, Transparency Records plan to release a 14 disc boxset for September entitled Sun Ra–The Eternal Myth Revealed Vol.1: 1914-1959.

For this weeks Friday round up we decided to do it a little different: this is a roundup of our whole Transatlantic Jazz issue. As we come to a close on this issue and embark on a new theme, we thought we would pick some of our favourite features that encompass the past African theme. Enjoy your weekend!

Wendell Harrison, a mainstay of the Detroit jazz, rhythm and blues, and funk scene has released his first album in 7 years. He is best known for both playing clarinet and tenor sax with legends such as Sun Ra, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye, as well as co-founding Tribe Records out of Detroit which housed artists that played with everyone from Bird and Mingus to Marvin Gaye and the Supremes. Check out some footage of the recording below and be sure to check the album.

The stories of music visionaries are very rarely in our culture the product of rigid government directives, but in the case of the rise of Jazz music in Egypt, the greatest pioneer was also a political dignitary who made it part of the national agenda. Salah Ragab was born in Egypt in 1936. By the 1960s, the multi-instrumentalist would be responsible for introducing jazz music to the Afro-Arab world, aligning himself with the compelling currents of American jazz music and to later be revered as the Godfather and pioneer of Egyptian jazz music. Strangely, very little has been written about his upbringing and the factors leading to this very important historical phenomenon.