Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen to play Baltimore show with Spectral this Sunday

Marshall Allen, the alto-saxophone player who played with avant-garde jazz legend Sun Ra dating back to the late 1950s and still leads the Sun Ra Arkestra, will join free-improvising jazz trio Spectral for a performance at The Windup Space this Sunday.

The show also celebrates Allen's birthday, which is May 25. The leader of the Arkestra's reeds section for four decades and current leader of the whole band will turn 91.

According to a biography on the Arkestra site, "Marshall Allen is featured on over 200 Sun Ra releases, as well as appearing as special guest soloist in concert and on recordings with such diverse groups as NRBQ, Phish, Sonic Youth, Diggable Planets, Terry Adams, and Medeski, Martin & Wood."

The bio also says Allen plays flute, clarinet, oboe, kora, and E.V.I. (Electronic Valve Instrument).

Spectral is composed of alto saxophonist Dave Rempis, trumpeter Darren Johnston, and saxophonist Larry Ochs. AllAboutJazz.com said the three "play with spontaneous sonic searches, exploring their instruments' timbres, colors and shifting dynamics with commanding reserve and respectful interplay."

The show begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday and costs $15, or $10 for students.

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