Jesse Sharps will be leading a recording session on June 5th at Disney’s REDCAT theater in Los Angeles CA featuring Horace Tapscott’s epic, nine section composition called “The Ghetto Suite” with current members and several elders from 60s and 70s Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. There is a fundraiser and other ways to help make the session a success. Please go to the LACPAPA website for more info:

“Healing Suite” has been released, the incredible album from the concert featured in the film, with Dwight Trible, Kamau Daáood, Maia, and Jesse Sharps leading an epic rendition of Horace Tapscott’s Freedom’s Sweet. Follow the link for more info. Link Here

The Gathering: Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz (film) has its first International premiere at JIMFF 2021, with a live stream Q&A with the filmmaker and Gathering Project leaders.


Great Q&A on Nov 17th at the Black Harvest Film Festival moderated by Richard Steele. Shown left to right are Jesse Sharps, Fundi Legohn, Thomas Paige, and Richard Steele. Watch it via link below.



October 10th, 2020 marks the 15th anniversary of the original recording session and summit that started The Gathering. From October 10th through November 2nd the 2020 Angel City Jazz Festival will be streaming Jesse Sharps & The Gathering in a 360 degree interactive online concert, paired with a virtual screening of The Gathering: Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz. The line- up for the concert is Jesse Sharps on Woodwinds, Nyofu Tyson on Turkish Saz, Randal Fisher on Saxophone, Peter Jacobson on Cello, Mark Tyson on Guitar, Evren Edler on Bass, Johnny Sandoval on Percussion, and Kalum Harrison on Drums. A new 15th anniversary digital release of the Leimert Park album, with CD quality tracks has been released in commemoration of the 15th anniversary and can be found here. The Gathering Bandcamp

Official Selection of the 2020 Pan African Film Festival

The Gathering: Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz documentary is an Official Selection screening at the  2020 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, California. The festival takes place February 11 – 23 in Leimert Park, the same community where The Gathering started. 

Thurs, Feb. 13th at 9:30pm, Sun, Feb. 16th at 11:35am

Sunday, Feb. 23rd at 9:35pm

Jesse Sharps will lead a group in live performance at The World Stage on February 14th, at 9pm.

The Gathering @ 2019 Maine International Film Festival

The Gathering: Roots & Branches of Los Angeles jazz documentary premiered at The Maine International Film Festival on July 16th, 2019. It featured a 95 minute edit of the film in its current state complete with interviews and performances from the 2005 recording session as well as footage from concerts the group has done in the years since, as recently as 2018 at The World Stage is Los Angeles California.

Immediately following the screening a trio of The Gathering musicians performed, featuring bandleader Jesse Sharps on Woodwinds, Peter Jacobson on cello, and Bobby West on piano. The concert featured a new piece by Bobby West written just for the show in Waterville Maine and was captured on camera in the Waterville Opera House there.