Horace Tapscott Musical Griot – NYADIFF 2017 : NYADIFF

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Horace Tapscott Musical Griot – NYADIFF 2017

 USA | 2017 | 72 minutes | English | Barbara McCullough

An insightful testament to the life of the late Horace Tapscott- piano genius and mentor to three generations of young jazz musicians. He was a griot (storyteller) who in West African societies maintains the legacy, knowledge, and history of their group traditions. From his boyhood arrival to Los Angeles from Texas in the 1940s, the awakening of his political awareness in the 1950s, the turbulent 1960s and 1970s when his “Arkestra” was the band of choice performing at political rallies, which led to police scrutiny and blacklisting, we see Tapscott’s development into one of the Black community’s most steadfast cultural and political community activist. Archival footage of Tapscott engaged in conversations with his mentor, Dr. Samuel Browne, fellow musicians Don Cherry and Arthur Blythe, poet K. Curtis Lyle, and musician and writer Greg Tate give first-hand insight into Tapscott’s genius. Preserved footage of his piano solos with the Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra and during performances at the Village Vanguard in New York City bear witness to his mastery of the music for which his name will be known for generations to come.

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