Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot
With Director Barbara McCullough in conversation with DJ Flash Gordon Parks!
Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot documents the late musical genius, composer, community activist and jazz mentor, Horace Tapscott. Born in Houston, Texas, he migrated to Los Angeles, California at the age of nine years old. Upon arrival by train, his mother took him to meet his music teacher before he knew where they would live. He attended Jefferson High School where he met fellow musicians who became well known later in life.
Jazz icons Don Cherry and Arthur Blythe share their reflections on their shared music heritage with Mr. Tapscott and his teacher and mentor, Professor Samuel Brown. Tapscott is seen in solo performance with the Pan African Peoples Arkestra and at his first performance at the Village Vanguard in New York. Black-listed in the 1960s and ‘70s because of his political affiliations (his “Arkestra” was the band of choice to perform at political rallies), during the Watts Rebellion of 1965, police actually shut down his performances, accusing him of inciting people to riot with his music. Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot tells his story in the manner of a griot, or story-teller, who in West African societies maintain the legacy, knowledge, and history of their group traditions in oral form.
Houston’s own cultural documentarian Jason Woods (aka DJ Flash Gordon Parks) will interview the filmmaker Barbara McCullough after the screening.
DOCUMENTARY, USA, 2016
DIRECTED BY BARBARA MCCULLOUGH
CAST: DON CHERRY, SAMUEL BROWNE, ARTHUR BLYTHE
RUNNING TIME: 72 MINS