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Horace Tapscott

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Born in 1934 in Houston, Texas, Horace came from a musical family centered around his mother, Mary Malone Tapscott, who worked professionally as a singer and pianist. When Horace was nine, the family moved to Los Angeles. As a teenager in the late 1940's, Horace was surrounded by the music of Central Avenue: Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon, were among the many cats on the set. Around this time, Horace also began to take music lessons from teachers Dr. Samuel R. Browne and Lloyd Reese, whose other students included Eric Dolphy and Frank Morgan. Horace's musical studies included trombone in addition to piano. In 1952, Horace graduated from Jefferson High, got married to Cecilia Payne and went into the Air Force

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Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995

Label: Dark Tree Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Ballad for Deadwood Dick; Motherless Child; Breakfast at Bongo's; Close to Freedom; The Theme; Little Africa.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A World of Piano

Read "A World of Piano" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is two hours of piano played by icons including Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor, overlooked figures Hasaan Ibn Ali and Horace Tapscott, and current stars Brad Mehldau and Fred Hersch. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Idris Ackamoor, Jasper Hoiby, Die Hochstapler & Monder/Malaby/Rainey

Read "Idris Ackamoor, Jasper Hoiby, Die Hochstapler & Monder/Malaby/Rainey" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A band that has endured since the 70s when they were one of the first American bands to tour Africa, Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids, have just re-released some of that early music, and we dig into that, plus new music from Germany's Die Hochstapler, Toronto's Luis Deniz, bassist Nicolas Ojeda from Buenos Aires & Jasper ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gard Nilssen, Sam Rivers, Dark Tree & Clean Feed

Read "Gard Nilssen, Sam Rivers, Dark Tree & Clean Feed" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The '70s in Los Angeles was a very fertile period for free and avant-garde jazz. Dark Tree Records has been re-releasing some of that music and four of their albums are featured in this edition of OMJ. You'll hear music from Dark Tree albums by Horace Tapscott, Roberto Miranda, John Carter/Bobby Bradford and Vinny Golia. The ...

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Article: Album Review

Horace Tapscott Quintet: Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995

Read "Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Since its founding in 2011, the French record label Dark Tree has been issuing a “Roots Series" documenting previously unreleased performances of the Los Angeles jazz avant-garde from the 1970s through the '90s. Among the best of those releases have been several from Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra led by pianist/composer/conductor Horace Tapscott. Legacies for Our Grandchildren: ...

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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: The Emerald Duets

Read "The Emerald Duets" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The pioneering British photographer/author Val Wilmer said of Wadada Leo Smith, “he no longer relates to the restrictions of scales and chords. To him, music is about two things only: sound and rhythm." Her assessment, from the essential book As Serious As Your Life (Allison & Busby Ltd, 1977), was published in 1977. But in the ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Banding Together Against Segregation in Los Angeles

Read "Banding Together Against Segregation in Los Angeles" reviewed by Eve Goldberg


Once upon a time, jazz musicians in jny: Los Angeles led a groundbreaking struggle for racial justice and economic opportunity that sent ripples of change across the country. Most of us are aware of the seminal names and events of the civil rights era: Rosa Parks spearheading the Montgomery bus boycott; Martin Luther King ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Gathering—Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz, Survival Unit II & Hot Heroes

Read "The Gathering—Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz, Survival Unit II & Hot Heroes" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


With only one opportunity left to program some music to recognize Black History Month, I decided to dedicate the last hour music by some of the great Black musicians making their own history (Andrew Cyrille, William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith and Graham Haynes & Oliver Lake of OGJB) and The Gathering: Roots And Branches of Los ...

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Live at the Bing Theater; Los Angeles, 1985

Label: Dark Tree Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Platform for Freedom; Faith; Agony in the Garden; Prayer #1; Deborah Tasmin; Improvised Bass Solo 5/25/85; Dance of Blessing, Happiness & Peace.


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