December 13, 1999 |
Echoes of Horace Tapscott were in the air Friday night when the Michael Session quartet showed up for a one-night performance at Rocco Ristorante. Saxophonist Session and drummer Fritz Wise, in fact, represented half of the quartet Tapscott led in the years prior to his death in February. With Nate Morgan taking over the piano chair, and Jeff Littleton playing bass, the music resonated with the surging rhythms and dauntless improvising characteristic of Tapscott's unique approach to jazz.
October 29, 1999 |
When vocalist Dwight Trible first began ascending bandstands in Los Angeles after moving here from Cincinnati in 1978, he noticed someone often popped in briefly during performances. "It was Horace Tapscott. He always came around to check everyone out. He would listen to what I was doing and then disappear." Eventually Tapscott, the pianist-composer-bandleader who died in February, came to Trible and said he had a song for him to do.
March 31, 1999 |
A quick glance at the overflow crowd filling Catalina Bar & Grill Monday night for a tribute to pianist-composer Horace Tapscott triggered an inevitable thought: How full would the room have been for a program by Tapscott himself on a Monday night? And the equally inevitable answer was: not very full at all. If ever there was a prophet without honor beyond his own community, it was Tapscott.
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March 24, 1999 |
Promises do not always survive the harshest seasons of our lives. They get trampled under the foot of the real world. And then young men's vows turn into minor trophies, packed away with other things of youth. Papa made a promise to his music teacher and mentor when he was just a boy: I will pass on the gift. At 64 he was still keeping it. For this fidelity he paid a price. And for this fidelity he was deeply loved.
March 6, 1999 |
Musician, teacher and bandleader, Horace Tapscott, 64, will be buried today after a 10 a.m. ceremony at Brookins Community A.M.E. in Los Angeles. Yet it is not likely that his physical passing will diminish the life and vibrancy of the music, organizations and themes he devoted his life to sustaining. Alongside his eight solo piano recordings and his many compositions (a discography is available online at http://www.posi-tone.
March 2, 1999 |
Horace Tapscott, a pianist, composer and educator whose influence reached well beyond his primary association with jazz, died late Saturday night of cancer. He was 64. Tapscott's career reached from the closing years of the colorful Central Avenue jazz scene in the 1940s and '50s to his role in recent years as a mentor, teacher and role model for hundreds of young people.