Songs From Saturn

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19970927

The third in a four-part series in which Jez Nelson tells the story of Sun Ra, the jazz band leader who said he came from Saturn. During the 70s and 80s, the demands of Ra's Arkestra became so great that the band began living in the same house. Girlfriends and partying were forbidden.

19971003
19971004

Concluding the series in which Jez Nelson tells the story of Sun Ra, the jazz band leader who said he came from Saturn. Sun Ra died in 1992, but his Arkestra continues to play, under the leadership of long-time member Marshall Allen. Today, Ra's music and philosophy inspires many in rock, hip-hop and techno, as well as jazz.

19971010
Outer Space Arkestra19970912

In the first of four programmes telling the story of big band leader Sun Ra, Jez Nelson remembers Ra's early days as a sideman in Fletcher Henderson's band. Including the first recordings of Ra's `Outer Space Arkestra'.

Play The Sound Of An Apple,19970913

The second in a four-part series telling the story of Sun Ra, the jazz band leader who said he came from Saturn. Jez Nelson investigates some of the extraordinary demands placed on Ra's musicians, many of whom stayed with him for thirty years. `Play the sound of an apple,' Ra would say, and they would play it.

Play The Sound Of An Apple,19970919
Play The Sound Of An Apple,19970920
Play The Sound Of An Apple,19970926