The Jazz History Of St. Louis-Part 6: The Black Artists' Group and the Human Arts Association

Aug 8, 2014

The Sunday, August 10 edition of Jazz Unlimited will present Part Six of the Jazz History of St. Louis: The Black Artists' Group and Human Arts Association (1968-1974).   The BAG period in St. Louis is the second time that St. Louis music had an influence nationally.  The first time was the Ragtime Era around 1900.  When the St. Louis musicians got to New York, they helped change the way jazz and other allied music was played for the next twenty years.  We will hear almost all of the recordings made in St. Louis by these experimentalists. Hamiet Bluiett, Julius Hemphill, Floyd LeFlore, JD Parran, Marty Ehrlich, Anthony Davis, Lester Bowie and David Hines will tell us why and how this came about.  We will hear free jazz classics such as Julius Hemphill’s Dogon A.D and the Human Arts Ensemble’s Hazrat the Sufi.  Hang on to your seats!

Check out the historic photos in the slide show.

This Archive of the Show will be available until the morning of August 18, 2014.

Here is a performance by the World Saxophone Quartet (Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, David Murray and Hamiet Bluiett introduced in 1989 by David Sanborn.