I'm excited to share that filmmaker Tom Paige has just secured the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles for a new recording session to be led by Jesse Sharps, our long-time collaborator on The Gathering: Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz film and music project. This session will take place June 5, 2022 and will also commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, featuring musicians from the 1960's & 70's as well as new artists from the community.
The session will feature an important composition of Horace Tapscott’s called “The Ghetto Suite" and will be a historic music event captured as both audio & video recordings. We are in progress pre-producing the event, fundraising to support the musicians, the crew, recording and filming of the event. Tom and I will be on hand to interview the musicians to continue documenting this important history.
We have launched a GoFundMe campaign to support the session. Check out the video. Head over to our campaign page, if you like it, consider backing it and spreading the word.
We are very excited to announce that the documentary film, The Gathering: Roots and Branches of Los Angeles Jazz will be premiering in Los Angeles at the Pan African Film Festival in February 2020. Director Thomas Paige, Co-Producer/Editor Emily Koonse, and Executive Producer/Bandleader Jesse Sharps will be on hand at select screenings.
You can watch the trailer here: https://thegatheringjazzfilm.com/trailer
About The Film:
The Gathering: Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz chronicles a multi-generational music project started in 2005 by Jesse Sharps, one of the bandleaders of Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. The film features a stellar cast of players, including some of the hottest emerging talents from the area, and focuses on the Leimert Park district and progressive jazz scene of Los Angeles, covering the history of the music, and the long tradition of community elders guiding the young up and coming players on the scene. It features some extraordinary performances by local legends Azar Lawrence, Dwight Trible, Kamau Daáood, Michael Session, Ndugu Chancler, and Phil Ranelin along with rising stars Brandon Coleman, Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and Randal Fisher.
The film had its world premiere in July 2019 at the Maine International Film Festival as an Official Selection with a gala night showcasing a live performance from bandleader Jesse Sharps, Bobby West, and Peter Jacobson.
The Gathering: Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz - West Coast Premiere
Official Selection at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) • February 11 - 23, 2020
Documentary Feature Film • Running Time: 92 minutes
Screenings: Thurs, Feb 13 - 9:30pm; Sun, Feb 16 - 11:35am; Sun, Feb 23 - 9:35pm
Venue: Cinemark Baldwin Hills, 3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
Tickets & Theater Info
The Gathering In Concert:
Jesse Sharps will lead a group in live performance at The World Stage on February 14th, at 9pm
Event info and tickets