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Marcus Shelby Orchestra: The Legacy of Duke Ellington

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

Tickets ($25 - $65)

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. 

Shelby’s superlative orchestra honors the swinging, blues-heavy legacy of jazz’s greatest composer, Duke Ellington, with this night of music featuring vocalists Kenny Washington and the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol in addition to GRAMMY winner and former Turtle Island Quartet violinist Mads Tolling.

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. 

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol
Kenny Washington vocals
Mads Tolling violin
Kristen Strom alto saxophone & flute
Tom Griesser alto saxophone & clarinet
Patrick Wolff tenor saxophone & clarinet
Danny Brown tenor saxophone & clarinet
Fil Lorenz baritone
Rob Ewing trombone
Charles Hamilton trombone
Patrick Malabuyo trombone
Bill Thereur trumpet
Bill Ortiz trumpet
Rafa Postel trumpet
Kate Williams trumpet
Adam Shulman piano
Tomoko Funaki bass
Genius Wesley III drums
Marcus Shelby conductor

About Mads Tolling:
Mads Tolling is a two-time Grammy Award Winner and the 2016 Winner of Downbeats Critics Rising Star Poll for the violin. His recent album Mads Tolling & The Mads Men Playing The 60s hit top 5 on the US jazz radio charts. Mads has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D'Rivera, and has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. Mads is a former member of Turtle Island Quartet and Stanley Clarkes Band, and he now tours worldwide with his own projects.

About Kenny Washington:
Dubbed "the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenny Washington is a jazz virtuoso who thrills audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and rapid-fire scatting. Ravi Coltrane has declared Kenny his favorite male vocalist, and Mark Murphy said that Kenny was the only contemporary male vocalist carrying on the tradition. Kenny has performed and/or recorded with Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Roberta Gambarini, Karrin Allyson, Gregory Porter, Louie Bellson, Wycliffe Gordon, Jon Hendricks, Nancy King, Elvis Costello, Jason and Delfeayo Marsalis, Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, George Mraz, Clarence Penn, John Handy, John Santos, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, The Michael O'Neill Quintet, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra and the Slammin' All Body Band as well as countless other fine musicians around the world.