Source: New York Times.
Mr. Shaw helped found the Black Artists’ Group in 1968. A do-it-yourself cooperative of musicians, visual artists, writers, dancers and actors in St. Louis, it lasted until 1972. Among the musicians were Oliver Lake, Hamiet Bluiett and Julius Hemphill, who would go on to form the World Saxophone Quartet with David Murray. Others became major participants in the 1970s avant-garde in New York City.