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Jazz pianist, songwriter and composer Sun Ra was born on May 22, 1914, in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduation, he formed his own band, the Nighthawks of Harmony. From 1946–’61, he was a pianist and composer in Chicago. During that time he formed Thmei Research with Alton Abraham.  In the 1950s, he formed the band Arkestra, which he played with until his death on May 30, 1993, in Birmingham, Alabama.

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