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Marcus Shelby Quintet: Black Feminism and Blues Legacies

  • SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin St San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Tickets ($25 - $65)

Author, activist, and educator Angela Davis joins Marcus Shelby’s all-star quintet for this evening of spoken word and music that illuminates the legacies of “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller, Tammy Hall, Paula West, Tiffany Austin, and Kim Nalley.

Marcus Anthony Shelby is a bandleader, composer, arranger, bassist, educator, and activist.  Over the past 25+ years his work and music has focused on sharing the history, present, and future of African American lives, on social movements in the United States, and on early childhood music education. 

A seemingly tireless and always in-demand bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator, Shelby has been blending music and activism for decades.
— SF Weekly

Shelby is active in music education and currently teaches at The Community Music Center, Old Adobe Elementary School, St. Paul's Middle School, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Shelby has also led many of the SFJAZZ Family Matinee Concerts. Shelby serves on the San Francisco Arts Commission's Community Arts Grants and Education Committee and the Street Artists Committee. In 2013 with help from a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, Marcus and Healdsburg Jazz christened the Healdsburg Jazz Freedom Jazz Choir under his and Tiffany Austin's direction. 

Tia Fuller saxophone
Tiffany Austin vocals
Paula West vocals
Tammy Hall piano
Terri Lyne Carrington drums
Angela Davis narration
Marcus Shelby bass