Black History Month – Marcus Shelby Quartet: Black Music & Freedom

Concerts

Black History Month – Marcus Shelby Quartet: Black Music & Freedom

Feb 11, 2023

Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory

2040 Addison Street, 2040 Addison Street

The Marcus Shelby Quartet will perform original compositions and additional works written by black composers that celebrate the Black American experience in the United States. This is a must-see event that will include blues and swing, rhythm and blues, ballads, back beat, poetry, and historical commentary by Marcus Shelby.


Band Members & Instrumentation

Aaron Smith – Trumpet
Luis Peralta – Piano
Ben Espocito – Drums
Marcus Shelby – Bass

Artist Bio

Marcus Anthony Shelby is a composer, bassist, bandleader, and educator who currently lives in San Francisco, California. His work focuses on the history, present, and future of African American lives, social movements, and music education. In 1990, Marcus Shelby received the Charles Mingus Scholarship to attend Cal Arts and study composition with James Newton and bass with Charlie Haden. Currently, Shelby is the Artistic Director of Healdsburg Jazz, an artist in residence with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and a past resident artist with the San Francisco Jazz Festival and the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Shelby has composed several oratorios and suites including “Harriet Tubman”, “Beyond the Blues: A Prison Oratorio”, “Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”, “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues”, “Green and Blues”, and a children’s opera “Harriet’s Spirit” produced by Opera Parallel 2018. Shelby also composed the score and performed in Anna Deavere Smith’s Off Broadway Play and HBO feature film “Notes from the Field” (2019). Shelby is also the voice of Ray Gardener in the Oscar winning Disney Pixar film “SOUL” 2020. Shelby has also worked with a range of artists including Angela Y. Davis’ “Blues Legacies and Black Feminism” (2019), Joanna Haigood’s “Dying While Black and Brown” (2014), Margo Hall’s “Bebop Baby” (2013) and “Sonny’s Blues” (2008), the Oakland Ballet’s “Ella” The SF Girl Choir (2013), The Oakland Youth Chorus (2014), and many other productions over the past 23 years. Shelby has served on the San Francisco Arts Commission since 2013 and has worked with the Equal Justice Society for over 20 years.

Learn more at marcusshelby.com

Social Media Links

facebook.com/marcusshelby

twitter.com/marcus_shelby

instagram.com/marcusshelby

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Concert attendees must wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

The California Jazz Conservatory kindly requests that anyone feeling unwell refrain from attending in-person events of any kind.

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