Art Don’t Sleep’s jazz series is back at The Lodge Room on March 13 with The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra.
If you’re a jazz fan in Los Angeles, you’ve probably already been to one of Art Don’t Sleep’s impeccably curated Jazz Is Dead events. In the past few years, Adrian Younge and crew have presented shows with legends from around the world including Lonnie Liston Smith, Roy Ayers, Nubya Garcia, Arthur Verocai, Tony Allen, Black Jazz Records, Marcos Valle, Azymuth, Digable Planets, and many many others.
On March 13, the event series will return to the Lodge Room for the first time since early 2020. Kicking off the 2022 season is Horace Tapscott’s Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Later events in the series will include London’s Kamaal Williams, drummer Nate Smith + Kinfolk, and British composer Alfa Mist.
“The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra is a Black music ensemble founded in Los Angeles, in 1961, by pianist Horace Tapscott. Since the beginning the Ark has been dedicated to community, social consciousness, arts and Afrikan culture. The mission of the Ark is to preserve and present music from Black composers, dead or alive. To this date over 300 musicians have passed through the Ark, and that number continues to grow. Some notable members include: Michael Session, Kamasi Washington, Kamau Daaood, Dwight Trible, Phil Ranelin, Arthur Blythe, Adele Sebastian, Jesse Sharps, Nate Morgan and many more.”