• Luther Thomas

Dynamic Saint Louis saxophonist Luther Thomas—a member of the city’s influential Black Artists Group, who found brilliantly effective ways to fuse free jazz and hard funk—died Saturday at 59. In addition to playing in Saint Louis groups like the Human Arts Ensemble, he worked with Defunkt and James Chance. Earlier this decade the local Unheard Music Series released two killer albums he made as a bandleader: a reissue of Funky Donkey and a previously unreleased 1973 session, Banana.