This week, let's take a look at some clips featuring a couple of the musicians who will be taking part in the upcoming "BAG and Beyond" events to be held September 12 - 14 at the Metropolitan Gallery in St. Louis.
The first video features the well-known baritone saxophonist (and resident of Brooklyn, IL) Hamiet Bluiett performing with violinist Billy Bang and percussionist Kahil El'Zabar under the collective moniker Trifactor. The clip was recorded in November 2005 at Mad Art Gallery in St. Louis.
Down below is an extended excerpt from a performance by trumpeter Rasul Siddik, another St. Louis area native who now lives in Paris. The clip shows Siddik playing a concert at the Berkeley (CA) Public Library with his group the Now! Artet, featuring cellist, bassist and Alton, Illinois native Kash Killion, percussionist "Eyarb" Bob Breye, and Ghasem Batamuntu on "saxxsetra."