Wednesday, May 14, 2014

100 Saxophones for Sun Ra

Hosted by Arts and Public Life

I'm trying to assemble 100 saxophonist for this event next thursday to commemorate Sun Ra's 100th birthday - please consider joining us and feel free to invite fellow saxophonist to participate, including students.!/events/578820648899420/


Sonic Healing Ministries/Arts & Public Life/Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture/ and Resident Artist David Boykin invite you to participate in 100 Saxophones for Sun Ra.

This is an open call for 100 saxophonists to participate in a musical tribute to Sun Ra in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. 100 saxophonists will convene and perform “Happy Birthday” at 12 noon in Washington Park on Thursday May 22, 2014, his 100th birthday. 


This is a historic opportunity to share our collective energy in honor of this musician whose musical, political and spiritual philosophy has been impactful and transformative to so many. His legacy continues because of the ways in which his musical innovation has been central to the free jazz movement in Chicago and beyond.

We have chosen this space and place because of its significance to him. Along with other musicians, artists and activists he gathered in the park to play and to teach. In celebration of this work we invite you to participate in this gathering of saxophonists of all ages.

Please confirm your willingness to participate by reservation to David Boykin. Reservations should be sent by email to

In appreciation for your volunteer performance in the celebration, we would like to invite participating saxophone players to join us at the Arts Incubator, 301 East Garfield Blvd. (Garfield and Prairie) for lunch immediately following the event.
This will be an exciting educational experience for young musicians. For school groups, you may sign up for saxophone players to participate and additional students may attend to observe. Free bus transportation is available for student groups that wish to participate. Please contact Dominique L. Boyd for bus arrangements at


Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, May 22, 1914 – May 30, 1993) was a prolific jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his "cosmic philosophy," musical compositions and performances. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a 1979 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.