ICYMI, watch dublab’s Artbound episode exploring Los Angeles’ emerging generation of community-focused black musicians.
Our good friends over at dublab just celebrated their 22nd anniversary this past weekend with not only an excellent community-driven party at Zebulon, but also the arrival of their Emmy award trophies. In case you missed the news, dublab and KCET recently won a Los Angeles area Emmy award in the “LA Local Color” category for their Artbound episode “The New West Coast Sound: An L.A. Jazz Legacy.” Check out a lovely celebratory photo here.
Produced by dublab’s founder Mark “Frosty” McNeill and executive director Alejandro Cohen, “The New West Coast Sound” explores the next generation of artists emerging in the historic Leimert Park neighborhood. The episode features incredible archival footage of Horace Tapscott’s Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra along with interviews with young artists like Mekala Session and Jamael Dean alongside legends like Phil Ranelin, Michael Session, Donald Dean, and Justo Almario.
“Growing up amongst jazz legends within the deep musical traditions of Leimert Park, drummer Mekala Session and his peers grapple with how to preserve this rich legacy—striving to carry forward the tenets that took root in the work of Horace Tapscott and his Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. This is the story of Los Angeles’ emerging generation of community-focused black musicians.”
Listen to Horace Tapscott and his Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra’s spiritual jazz classic The Call: