Black Artists Group

Black Artists Group
Also known as BAG
Origin St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Genres Jazz
Years active 1968 (1968)–1972 (1972)
Past members

Julius Hemphill

The Black Artists Group (BAG) was a multidisciplinary arts collective that existed in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1968 to 1972.

Members included saxophonists Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, J. D. Parran, Hamiet Bluiett, and Luther Thomas; trumpeters Baikida Carroll and Floyd LeFlore; trombonist Joseph Bowie; drummers Bensid Thigpen and Charles "Bobo" Shaw; bassist bobby reedArziniaRichardson; stage directors Malinke Robert Elliott, Vincent Terrell, and Muthal Naidoo; actors LeRoi S. Shelton; poets Ajule (Bruce) Rutlin and Shirley LeFlore; dancers Georgia Collins and Luisah Teish; and painters Emilio Cruz and Oliver L. Jackson (NOTE: while Jackson was not officially a member, he was deeply involved with BAG and is usually listed as a member). In addition, Ronnie Burrage was considered one of the youngest members (11 & 12 years old) of BAG as he began to perform with various members in 1971 & 72.

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