Pan African Film Festival - February 2020

 The Gathering: Roots & Branches of Los Angeles Jazz is an Official Selection screening at the  2020 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, California. The festival takes place February 11 - 23 in Leimert Park, the same community where The Gathering started. 

Thursday, Feb. 13th at 9:30pm

Sunday, Feb. 16th at 11:35am

Sunday, Feb. 23rd at 9:35pm

Venue: Cinemark Baldwin Hills 15 theater, located on the property of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90008. 

PAFF page for the film should be getting updated soon. You can click on the link below to go there.

The Gathering at PAFF

Jesse Sharps will lead a group in live performance at The World Stage on February 14th, at 9pm.  Show at The World Stage

Bobby West - Piano
Peter Jacobson - Cello
Jesse Sharps - Woodwinds

Maine International Film Festival - July, 2019


The Gathering: Roots & Branches of Los Angeles jazz documentary premiered at The Maine International Film Festival on July 16th, 2019. It featured a 95 minute edit of the film in its current state complete with interviews and performances from the 2005 recording session as well as footage from concerts the group has done in the years since, as recently as 2018 at The World Stage is Los Angeles California.

Immediately following the screening a trio of The Gathering musicians performed, featuring bandleader Jesse Sharps on Woodwinds, Peter Jacobson on cello, and Bobby West on piano. The concert featured a new piece by Bobby West written just for the show in Waterville Maine and was captured on camera in the Waterville Opera House there.  A short clip of the trio performing Herbert Baker’s “Prance Dance” can be seen on the video page.

Since the premiere in Maine we have been putting the finishing touches on the film, including incorporating some art from Bongo RasStarr, the main interviewer in the film and strong contributor to the project. The film is being submitted to several relevant film festivals throughout the globe and a screening or two is planned to occur in Los Angeles in 2020, coinciding with the 15 year anniversary of The Gathering.