Elevated Rail :: Ancient to the Future

Jazz may have been invented in New Orleans, but you could argue it didn’t take flight until settling in Chicago after the Great Migration. From there, it’s pretty easy to make a case that it didn’t fully achieve lift off until Sonny Blount’s arrival in the city in 1946 and subsequent name change(s). By the time Le Sony'r Ra was leading the Space Trio in ‘52, the entire dynamic of what could be considered Jazz was shifting. After he, then known as Sun Ra, moved the eternally-inspiring Arkestra to New York . . .

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