When: Wed., Dec. 31, 7 & 9:30 p.m. 2014
The Sun Ra Arkestra closed out the Chicago Jazz Festival—and as a result, the summer—with a glorious blaze of ebullient big-band charts, incandescent freak-outs, sing-along space chants, and a conga line that wound through the Pritzker Pavilion. So what better way to defy winter’s encroaching chill than by joining the Arkestra for another night of music from its enormous songbook? While the late Sun Ra sure knew how to put on a show, what keeps people hanging on—and still buying the archival releases 21 years after his death—is the breadth, prescience, and quality of his compositions. Now led by nonagenarian saxophonist Marshall Allen, the Arkestra infuses Ra’s tunes with playfulness and missionary zeal. —Bill Meyer Late show is sold out.
Price: sold out