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Jazz and Contemporary Music • NO BOUNDARIES BIG BAND • Class Performance

Wednesday • April 5, 2023   |   8:00 pm

Free – $20.00
While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.


The No Boundaries Big Band performs the music of Sun Ra with guest poet Askia Toure

Today we feature the music of Sun Ra, one of the most enigmatic figures in jazz. Born Herman Blount on May 22, 1914, Ra professed to know nothing of a person by that name. In fact, his actual date of birth was never divulged until quite late in his life when researchers looked it up in the Birmingham, Alabama public records. He was a bright student and took to music quickly, working frequently around the South from his teen years. By his mid-thirties he was active in Chicago, where he began rehearsing with young musicians interested in his new ideas. His first recordings show music thoroughly steeped in the swing and bop traditions but with unusual intervallic devices and stretched harmonies. Ra was also a pioneer in bringing sounds of African and Eastern music into jazz. Sun Ra, with a core group of his faithful sidemen, migrated to New York in 1961, becoming a vital part of the New Music scene. Always maintaining the role of the mystic, philosopher and poet, Ra had little interest in the standard ideas of ‘success’ in the jazz world. He had a legendary status among his peers and frequently offered artistic and spiritual advice. After resettling in Philadelphia in the late sixties, Sun Ra and the Arkestra had begun to attract a cult following which has only grown since his death in 1993. His music, full of contradictions and mystery continues to inspire and infuriate listeners. Perhaps in the new century his music will be properly dealt with by jazz historians. The Sun Ra Arkestra remains active to this day under the leadership of the 98-year-old alto saxophonist Marshall Allen.

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The No Boundaries Big Band explores the rich American Big Band Jazz tradition, examining the legacy left by the greats as well some of the lesser-known Jazz Composer/ Arrangers.

Alto and baritone saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase (b. 11/28/56, Portsmouth, NH) has been a part of Boston’s jazz scene for more than forty years. After private studies with Stan Strickland and Roswell Rudd, Kohlhase moved to Boston from his native New Hampshire in 1980. In 1989 he formed the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, a band that worked around Boston and toured nationally for a dozen years. Kohlhase has recently been leading two ensembles: the Explorer’s Club, an octet with two reeds, trumpet, trombone, tuba, guitar, bass and drums and the Saxophone Support Group, a woodwind octet that plays saxophone-oriented compositions by Julius Hemphill, Steve Lacy, John Tchicai and Kohlhase.

Charlie has also been active in jazz radio for many years, most recently hosting “Research & Development” Monday afternoons from 2 to 4 PM on WMBR-FM in Cambridge. He directs the No Boundaries Big Band and the JCM Art Ensemble at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge.


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Wednesday • April 5, 2023
8:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.