Reminiscences on Sun Ra


English: Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, F...
Sun Ra

With absolute cosmic certainty, it can be said that the best and the brightest, wildest, wooliest, outrageously and delightfully hilarious performance in Hartford’s jazz history erupted with a Big Bang explosion one hot, clammy summer night in the early 1980s when the legendary, avant-garde orchestra leader Sun Ra, the Supreme Pontiff of heliocentric hipness, and his awesome solar Arkestra descended on the West Indian Social Club in the city’s North End.