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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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To The Great House

To The Great House

The Arkestra in the 1970s

(p.145) 7 To The Great House
The Dark Tree

Steven L. Isoardi

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the status of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (PAPA) during the 1970s. It explains how the organization emerged reinvigorated in the mid-1970s with new recruits who had a higher degree of musical training and experience than the previous group as well as a strong commitment to the Arkestra ethos and aesthetic. These new members formed the so-called Great Houses which became community art centers. The Arkestra also became associated with the Immanuel United Church of Christ (IUCC) and its socially conscious minister, the Reverend Edgar Edwards, who offered the church as a regular performance space for more than eight years.

Keywords:   Community art centers, Edgar Edwards, church, Great Houses

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