Los Angeles Composers of PAPA


The Los Angeles Composers of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra is the current project of The Gathering: Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz under the leadership of Jesse Sharps, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and early bandleader in the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. The current mission of the project is to complete and secure the archive of the community composers of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, and to perform and record some select pieces from that archive, including The Ghetto Suite by Horace Tapscott, and In Times Like These by Lester Robertson. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, which was founded in 1961 by Horace Tapscott and has seen numerous generations of musicians come through the group over the years. To get more up to date info on the Arkestra go to panafrikanpeoplesarkestra.com

The Gathering is actively seeking sponsorship, support, and collaboration to help with the Los Angles Composers of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Akrestra project. Please contact Jesse Sharps or Fundi Legohn on the contact page for more info and to find out ways to help out. Bright Moments!