Union of God's Musicians and Artists Ascension

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The Union of God's Musicians and Artists Ascension (UGMAA) was a collective of African-American jazz musicians formed by Horace Tapscott in the late 1960's.[1] It was part of his work with the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (PAPA),founded in 1961, which aimed to preserve, develop and publicise African-American music. UGMAA was the successor of the Underground Musicians Association (UGMA), founded in 1963, of which P.A.P.A. became a part.[2]

The collective was partly set up to find employment for African-American musicians, dancers and visual artists in Los Angeles.[3] Political influences of the time included John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Malcolm X und H. Rap Brown.[4]

Within UGMAA, Horace Tapscott offered poor youths free music lessons, and later enlisted them to the P.A.P.A.[3] Famous musicians involved with UGMAA included Arthur Blythe, Stanley Crouch, Butch Morris, Joe Sample, Wilber Morris, David Murray, Jimmy Woods, Nate Morgan and Guido Sinclair.[1][5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Union of God's Musicians and Artists Ascension - Oxford Reference". doi:10.1093/acref/9780195314281.001.0001/acref-9780195314281-e-8542.
  2. ^ Isoardi, Steven L. (2001). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-333-60800-3.
  3. ^ a b Ratliff, Ben (1999-03-03). "Horace Tapscott, Jazz Pianist And Community Advocate, 64". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  4. ^ "Musikurlaub Lexicon".
  5. ^ "Finding Aid for the Horace Tapscott Jazz Collection 1960-2002". www.oac.cdlib.org. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  6. ^ "Horace Tapscott With The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra - Live At I.U.C.C." Discogs. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  7. ^ "Jazz legend Nate Morgan dies of heart failure". Retrieved 2017-03-09.