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The Dark TreeJazz and the Community Arts in Los Angeles$
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Steve Isoardi

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245914

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245914.001.0001

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Ancestral Echoes

Ancestral Echoes

Roots of the African American Community Artist

(p.1) 1 Ancestral Echoes
The Dark Tree

Steven L. Isoardi

University of California Press

This chapter traces the roots of the African American community artist in Los Angeles, California. It suggests that one of the most important community arts organizations was the movement begun in 1961 by trombonist and pianist Horace Tapscott. Though it was probably the least known outside of South Central Los Angeles, it offered the fullest expression of an alternative art. This chapter also discusses the communal aspects of African American culture in slavery and segregation and the post-segregation inequalities and cultural movements.

Keywords:   community artist, African Americans, Los Angeles, community arts organizations, Horace Tapscott, alternative art, slavery, segregation, cultural movements

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