Hamiet Bluiett

The finest baritone saxophonist of the 1970s and beyond, Hamiet Bluiett has demonstrated a huge, impressive sound, superb technique, and a mastery of his horn in every register. In his solos, he can provide an array of tonal colors and harmonic options. A first-rate free player who's as proficient on standards as in blues, Bluiett has played in many excellent groups, has led his own bands, and has been featured on numerous magnificent recordings.

Bluiett took music lessons from his aunt, who was a choral director, and started on clarinet at age nine. In late adolescence, he attended Southern University, where he studied clarinet and flute. Following a stint in the navy, Bluiett moved to St. Louis in the mid- '60s. He played with Lester and Joseph Bowie, Charles “Bobo” Shaw, Julius Hemphill and Oliver Lake. He also founded the BAG (Black Artists Group), the St. Louis equivalent of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).

He moved to New York in 1969, and joined Sam Rivers' large ensemble and Olatunji. Bluiett worked with various bands before joining Charles Mingus' quintet in 1972, with whom he remained, off and on, until 1974. While his tenure was relatively short, Bluiett helped Mingus crystalize some of the finest music of his last years. After Mingus, Bluiett performed and recorded with Abdullah Ibrahim, Hemphill and others.

Bluiett, Hemphill, Lake and David Murray formed a quartet in 1976 for a New Orleans concert

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October 05, 2018

Hamiet Bluiett 1940 - 2018

February 27, 2014

Jazz This Week: Marissa Mulder, Jazz St. Louis Benefit Gala, Hamiet...

September 16, 2013

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September 16, 2012

Jazz Musician of the Day: Hamiet Bluiett

June 25, 2012

STLJN Audio Archive: Hamiet Bluiett - Endangered Species

June 24, 2012

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A Hamiet Bluiett Sampler

June 22, 2012

Jazz This Week: Charlie Hunter, Hamiet Bluiett, "Cool Like That: A...

September 29, 2011

Bluiett, Bistro Among Riverfront Times "Best of St Louis" Winners for...

September 26, 2011

STLJN Audio Archive: Hamiet Bluiett - S.O.S.

September 16, 2011

Jazz Musician of the Day: Hamiet Bluiett

March 24, 2011

Jazz This Week: The Langston Hughes Project; Julian Lage; Hamiet...

March 12, 2011

Hamiet Bluiett to Direct "The Big Orchestra Band, Youth Division" on...

December 19, 2010

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The Further Adventures of Hamiet Bluiett

September 16, 2010

Jazz Musician of the Day: Hamiet Bluiett

September 09, 2010

Jazz This Week: Christian McBride and Peter Martin, Hamiet Bluiett, the...

August 16, 2009

Jazz This Week: Hamiet Bluiett Opens Robbie's; Matthew Von Doran and...

August 14, 2009

Jazz This Week: Hamiet Bluiett Opens Robbie's; Matthew Von Doren and...

August 07, 2009

Robbie's House of Jazz to Open Friday, August 14 with Hamiet Bluiett

April 02, 2009

Jazz This Week: Bela Fleck and the Africa Project; a Tribute to Eddie...

March 23, 2009

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