Throwback: Happy Belated 109th Birthday, Sun Ra!

May is a very busy month in music history:

Sun Ra, one of the most forward-thinking, innovative and oddest characters in jazz — hell of any genre, really — was born 109 years ago yesterday. He’s largely considered one of the pioneers of Afro-futurism, a creative school that tends to focus on Blackness, the African Diaspora and space among other things.

Happy birthday to you, sir! Happy birthday wherever you are! As the legend goes, you’re back in Saturn.