Heroes Are Gang Leaders

Heroes Are Gang Leaders was founded in 2014 by poet, photographer and professor Thomas Sayers Ellis and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis as a tribute to the late poet, activist, and Jazz Critic Amiri Baraka. Ellis and Lewis opened for Baraka at the St Marks Church (The Poetry Project) in 2013. HAGL is a Literary Free Jazz Ensemble of writers, artists and musicians dedicated to the sound extensions of literary text and original composition. HAGL’s new album, “Artificial Happiness Button”, is its most ambitious to date with the band finding itself in some pretty potent Race Music and literary company.

Photo by Courtesy Thomas Ellis Sayers / Heroes Are Gang Leaders