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The Dark Tree: Jazz and the Community Arts in Los Angeles

Steve Isoardi


While he was still in his twenties, Horace Tapscott gave up a successful career in Lionel Hampton's band and returned to his home in Los Angeles to found the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, a community arts group that focused on providing affordable, community-oriented jazz and jazz training. Over the course of almost forty years, the Arkestra, together with the related Union of God's Musicians and Artists Ascension (UGMAA) Foundation, were at the forefront of the vital community-based arts movements in black Los Angeles. Some three hundred artists—musicians, vocalists, poets, playwrights, paint ... More

Keywords: Horace Tapscott, Lionel Hampton, Arkestra, jazz training, jazz

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520245914
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520245914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Isoardi, author