This past February, George Sams, owner of the Metropolitan Gallery, decided to close the space at 2943 Locust St. Sams had mounted art exhibitions there since taking it over in 2005 and also presented regular concerts as part of his Nu-Art Performance Series.
Musicians included Hamiet Bluiett and Oliver Lake -- natives of the St. Louis area who went on to international acclaim as members of the World Saxophone Quartet – as well as famed pianist Andrew Hill and trumpeter Eddie Henderson.
The Sunday May 12 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.