The collection consists of sound
recordings, musical compositions and arrangements of Horace Tapscott and other composers,
and the performances of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and the Union of God's Musicians
and Artists Ascension. The collection is in the midst of being processed, and updates will
be made to this finding aid periodically.
Horace Elva Tapscott (b. Houston, 6 April 1934; d. Los Angeles, 27 Feb 1999) began piano
studies at the age of six with his mother, the pianist Mary Lou Malone, and took up trombone
two years later. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1943 and he studied trombone in school,
playing with Frank Morgan in a high-school band; other young associates from this period
included Don Cherry and Billy Higgins. Tapscott worked with Gerald Wilson's orchestra before
graduating from Jefferson High School in 1952. After studying briefly at Los Angeles City
College he enlisted in the air force, and served in a band in Wyoming (1953-7). He then
returned to Los Angeles and worked with various local bands before touring as a trombonist
with Lionel Hampton (1959 to early 1961), for whom he also wrote a number of arrangements
and at times sat in on piano. By the early 1960s he was playing piano exclusively, in part
because of persistent dental problems resulting from an automobile accident during his
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