Music and Musicians of the Black Artists’ Group in St. Louis

Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (314) 935-4841 or e-mail


WORKSHOP: Master class with Oliver Lake
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Tietjens Hall, Washington University

POETRY READING: Shirley LeFlore, with J.D. Parran
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Alumni House, Washington University
(off Forsyth Blvd. at Wallace Drive)

CONCERT: Jazz at Holmes
Trumpeter Floyd LeFlore and reedman J.D. Parran lead their ensembles.
Time: “The Floyd LeFlore Ensemble” at 8 p.m.
“J.D. Parran & Spirit Stage TOO” at 9:15 p.m.
Location: Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall, Washington University


SYMPOSIUM: Morning Session — Lecture and Papers
Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Women’s Building Formal Lounge, Washington University


Benjamin Looker
Graduate student in American Studies, Yale University
“‘A Singular Expression’: Performance and Cultural Politics in the Black Artists’ Group”

Jacqueline K. Dace
Curator of African American Collections, Missouri Historical Society
“St. Louis’ Good, Bad and Ugly: Establishing Identity in a Segregated Society”

Matthew Calihman
Assistant Professor of English, Missouri State University
“Black Arts and the Recognition of African American Culture”

John Gennari
Assistant Professor of English and U.S. Ethnic Studies, University of Vermont
“Mainstream, Third Stream, Multiple Streams: The Cultural Currents of Post-1960 Jazz”

Malinké Elliott
Former Black Artists’ Group (BAG) executive and artistic director
“Music’s Impact on the Development of BAG’s Multimedia Concept”


Gerald Early
Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Washington University

SYMPOSIUM: Afternoon Session — Musicians’ Panel Discussion
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Women’s Building Formal Lounge, Washington University

Four former BAG musicians discuss the group’s genesis, music and tenure in St. Louis.
PARTICIPANTS: Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, Floyd LeFlore and J.D. Parran
MODERATOR: William Lenihan, director of jazz performance, Washington University

CONCERT: The World Saxophone Quartet
Time: sets at 8:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
Location: Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Ave.
Tickets and info: (314) 531-1012


EXHIBIT: Display of BAG photographs and visual ephemera
Date: Feb. 1-28
Location: Olin Library, Washington University