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The following are excerpts from Essays written by Ed Bland. To read each essay in its entirety please follow the links provided.



Personal Recollections of Sun Ra 1956-1957


In Chicago in the early 50s, a few years after moving from playing jazz to musical composition, I asked one of my jazz buddies if anyone was currently doing anything innovative in jazz around the city.


Sun Ra was brought to my attention because of his harmonic originality, arranging and orchestration abilities, and his informal lecture series held in Washington Park on the South Side. In those sessions, attended by various jazz musicians, he preached that he was the Sun God of Jazz, Le Sun Ra. He, Le Sun Ra, descended from°™or was related in some fashion to°™the Egyptian Pharaoh Iknathon. Click here to read more.


African Pianism


This paper is from a talk delivered during the "Conference on African Pianism" October 7-9, 1999, held at the University of Pittsburgh - Dr. Akin Euba was the conference chairman.  Click on the following link to read it in its entirety African Pianism



The Cry of Jazz


On the following page is an actual copy of  a piece written by Ed Bland, in 1960,  for the magazine, Film Culture, on The Cry of Jazz. Click here to read it.












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