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Tara Middleton

Tara Middleton is a vocalist and violinist whose expressive styling and enchanting stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. See Tara in action once and you'll never forget her. Tara began her music career studying violin at the age of five. She furthered her violin studies with Booker Rowe of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At the age of nine Tara began taking vocal lessons and soon found herself holding the microphone as a lead vocalist. During her college years she was invited to personal tutorships with professionally acclaimed musicians such as the late jazz pianist Gerald Price, Philadelphia composer Dr

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Sun Ra Arkestra at Great American Music Hall

Read "Sun Ra Arkestra at Great American Music Hall" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Sun Ra Arkestra SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, California February 6-8, 2024 Over the decades, music venues in jny: San Francisco have come and gone, but one constant remains: Great American Music Hall. A house of ill repute when it first opened in 1907, the building has gone through several transitions as ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Sun Ra Arkestra at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Sun Ra Arkestra SFJAZZ Center Summer Season San Francisco July 18-21, 2023 Though on the surface, Dead & Company and the Sun Ra Arkestra--the first a Grateful Dead offshoot focusing on rock tunes featuring extended jams, the other an avant-garde jazz ensemble that remains ahead of its time--might seem really ...

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Big Ears Festival 2023

Read "Big Ears Festival 2023" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Big Ears Festival Knoxville, Tennesse March 30-April 2, 2023 The second full edition after the pandemic found the Big Ears Festival still growing in attendance. Organizers responded by increasing the number of venues, including new ones like the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and ones that had not been used for some time, ...

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Living Sky

Label: Omni Sound
Released: 2022
Track listing: Chopin; Somebody Else’s Idea; Day of the Living Sky; Marshall’s Groove; Night of the Living Sky; Firefly; Wish Upon a Star.

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Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen: Living Sky

Read "Living Sky" reviewed by Chris May


When Sun Ra aficionado and Omni Sound Records founder Ahmet Ulug reached out to Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen to commission a new album from the band, he gave Allen a tight brief. Ulug said that he wanted something: “Spiritual and hypnotic... down tempo, melodic and grooving... Music that is accessible and healing."

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Swirling

Read "Swirling" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Though Sun Ra departed Earth in 1993, his music has continued to thrive, first under the stewardship of John Gilmore and, since 1995, by the remarkable Marshall Allen who turned 96 in May 2020. A live Arkestra show still contains many of the elements that have been present since the 1950s and '60s-- color, pageantry and ...

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Swirling

Label: Strut Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Satellites Are Spinning / Lights On A Satellite; Seductive Fantasy; Swirling; Angels And Demons At Play; Sea Of Darkness / Darkness; Rocket No. 9; Astro Black; Infinity / I’ll Wait For You; Sunology; Door Of The Cosmos / Say; Queer Notions (2xLP bonus track).

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Seductive Fantasy

Label: Strut Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Seductive Fantasy.


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