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Horace Tapscott

p, 1934-1999 US, Houston
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Horace Elva Tapscott

American pianist and composer. Born: 6 April 1934 in Houston, Texas, USA. Died: 27 February 1999 in Los Angeles, California, USA (aged 64). Tapscott was a distinguished pianist, with many jazz compositions to his name. He was probably best known for founding the group, the The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra ("PAPA" or "The Ark", for short) in 1961, and ran it through to the 1990s, before he chose to retire. While he is known for his piano work, initially he served in the US Air Force in Wyoming, he then returned to Los Angeles, all whilst playing mostly trombone with various bands, one of which included Lionel Hampton between 1959–1961. During the 1960 US black civil rights era, he was one of a great many artists, through his work with PAPA, centred on re-introducing the pan African-roots sounds back into the core of jazz music, along with developing African-American music as a whole, through performance and refinement of the art. PAPA later joined to be part of a larger organisation in 1963, the Underground Musicians Association (UGMA), which later changed name to the Union Of God's Musicians And Artists Ascension (UGMAA). Some of the musicians that played in The Ark during this time include: Arthur Blythe, Stanley Crouch, Butch Morris, Wilber Morris, David Murray, Jimmy Woods, et al.

  • Piano
  • Trombone
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
To the Great House on Aiee! The Phantom by Various Artists
The Dark Tree on The Dark Tree 1 & 2 by Horace Tapscott
Dial B For Barbra on Dial B For Barbra by Horace Tapscott
The Goat and Ram Jam on Aiee! The Phantom by Various Artists
Lately's Solo on Dial B For Barbra by Horace Tapscott
The Goat & Ram Jam on Live in Avignon, France 1989 by Horace Tapscott & Michael Session
Nica's Dream on The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 11 by Horace Tapscott
Retributions, Reparations on Live in Avignon, France 1989 by Horace Tapscott & Michael Session
Bibi Mkuu: The Great Black Lady on Thoughts Of Dar Es Salaam by Horace Tapscott
Dem' Folks on Dial B For Barbra by Horace Tapscott

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
FaithHorace Tapscott2010Album
Little AfrikaHorace Tapscott2010Album
Lighthouse 79, Vol. 2Horace Tapscott2009Album
Lighthouse 79, Vol. 1Horace Tapscott2009Album
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 11Horace Tapscott2007Album
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 10Horace Tapscott2003Album
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 9Horace Tapscott2001Album
The Dark Tree 1 & 2Horace Tapscott1999Compil.
Dissent Or DescentHorace Tapscott1998Album
Thoughts Of Dar Es SalaamHorace Tapscott1997Album
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 8Horace Tapscott1997Album
Aiee! The PhantomHorace Tapscott1996Album
Le VivreNelly Pouget Featuring Horace Tapscott / Kent Carter / Andrew Cyrille Special Guests Michel Godard / J.-F. Jenny-Clark / Gérard Siracusa1994Album
The Dark Tree Volume 2Horace Tapscott1991Album
The Dark Tree Volume 1Horace Tapscott1990Album
Autumn ColorsHorace Tapscott1984Album
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 5Horace Tapscott1984Album
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 7Horace Tapscott1983Album
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 6Horace Tapscott1983Album
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 3Horace Tapscott1983Album
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 4Horace Tapscott1982Album
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 2Horace Tapscott1982Album
The Tapscott Sessions Vol. 1Horace Tapscott1982Album
Live At Lobero Vol. IIHorace Tapscott / Roberto Miranda / Sonship Theus1981Album
Live At LoberoHorace Tapscott, Roberto Miranda, Woody Theus1981Album
At The CrossroadsHorace Tapscott . Everett Brown Jr.1980Album
In New YorkHorace Tapscott1979Album
Live At I.U.C.C.Horace Tapscott With The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra1979Album
Songs Of The UnsungHorace Tapscott1978Album
The CallHorace Tapscott Conducting The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra1978Album
Flight 17The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra Conductor Horace Tapscott1978Album
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