Monday, August 31, 2009

Norton Records to release a motherlode of unissued early R&B, doo wop, soul and general weirdness featuring Sun Ra and his Arkestra


...more 45s coming soon from Jackie and the Cedrics, Sun Ra and more!
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WATCH OUT FOR MUCK MUCK! Norton recently took a rocket ride into the vaults of El Saturn Research and arrived back on Earth with a motherlode of unissued early R&B, doo wop, soul and general weirdness featuring Sun Ra and his Arkestra backing a variety of artists. This series will be compiled on several Norton albums and singles including an entire disc by Yochanan (The Space Age Vocalist) backed by Sun Ra and his Arkestra featuring his demented Saturn 45 Muck Muck / Hot Skillet Mama and much more lunacy from yet another Norton turban headed star! These stupendous recordings include Yochanan-Rocket Ship Rock / Nu Sounds - The Second Stop Is Jupiter / Crystals - Honey In The Bee Box / Qualities - If I Only Hadn't Sinned / Ebah - I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman / Don (Dino) Dean - The Space Stroll / Sun Ra - I Am Strange / Cosmic Rays - Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie and many, many more.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The 13th Annual Mississippi Jazz Festival

The 13th Annual Mississippi Jazz Festival was held at the Summit Rotary gym on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008. The festival this year was a tribute to Summit native John Gilmore, ace saxophonist who played with the famous Sun Ra's Arkestra. Performers were Mississippi and Louisiana musicians Dr. Ronald Myers, piano and trumpet; Sherrill Holly, saxophone; Dr. London Branch, bass; and Wilton Knott, Rufus Mapp, and Aye` Aton, percussion. Dr. Branch celebrated his birthday at the event, which was also the birthday of John Gilmore. For more information, see

Listen to the audio recording in which AyeĆ¢ Aton tells of how he played with Summit, MS, native John Gilmore in the Sun Ra Arkestra, Sherrill Holly speaks of meeting Gilmore and following the famous Sun Ra group, and Ron Myers gives tribute to Mississippi jazz legacies, including Lester "Prez" Young, who was born in Woodville, also in Southwest Mississippi. (Due to the less than excellent recording quality, I deleted the part where the band plays. Running time is 10:31.) Be sure to click on the 2.6 MB WAVE audio option.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sun Ra Arkestra at FooFest August 15, 2009 Providence, RI.

This August 15th from 1pm to 1am, AS220 brings back our famous urban street party, blocking off most of Empire Street and filling it with things infinitely superior to parked cars! Numerous interactive art installations and games, local artists showcasing their creations and twelve hours of all-original music will make this our most art-packed, music-filled festival yet!

This year's special guest headliner is the one and only Sun Ra Arkestra, the famous twenty-member jazz assemble under the direction of Marshall Allen. Witness this legendary spectacle while you can - who knows when they'll return to this planet?!