This Week in Texas Music History: Julius Hemphill
Saxophonist Julius Hemphill died on April 2, 1995. Born in Fort Worth on January 24, 1938, Hemphill was raised in a musical family. However, he showed little interest in music until high school. By 1968, he had joined the Black Artists Group, an African-American organization that blended political activism with theater and musical performance.
Hemphill began combining music with visual arts, which led to groundbreaking musical productions and even a jazz opera. In 1976, Julius Hemphill formed the World Saxophone Quartet, which made several popular recordings and toured throughout the world.