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The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra is a Black music ensemble founded in 1961 by the late pianist/composer Horace Tapscott. Both a trombone player and a pianist from a young age, Horace had long played with a variety of bands and experienced the world of jazz first hand – only to eventually become disillusioned by life on the road. The conditions of the mainstream jazz scene were no place for a musician of his caliber. Racism was abound, stifling of original musical impulses was expected, and the true meaning of music to Horace was not felt. And so in early 61′, Horace was on a tour bus with Lionel Hampton in Los Angeles. That day Horace decided to get off the bus and go home – to fulfill a vision of a true community ensemble.

The Ark began as small rehearsals in Horace’s garage. Local musicians who shared the same sentiments
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