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Marcus Shelby New Orchestra: Blues in the City – World Premiere

Sat, Sep 3, 1:00pm2:30pm

Black and white photo of Marcus Shelby leaning his left arm on a light post and holding an upright bass on under his right arm.
Sat, Sep 3
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA + Google Map
(415) 543-1718

Marcus Shelby is an iconic figure on the Bay Area jazz scene, and over the past 20 years the bassist, composer and bandleader has created extraordinary, historically informed musical settings for some of the Bay Area’s most exciting vocalists. His work has illuminated overlooked facets of the African-American experience, from the abolitionist movement and the Port Chicago mutiny trials to Negro League baseball. For his new project Blues in the City he’s collaborating with vocalists including Tiffany Austin and Kennedy Shelby examining how San Francisco’s most vulnerable citizens–the homeless, the poor and BIPOC communities–have been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The original suite is keyed to Nina Simone’s directive that “An artist’s duty…is to reflect the times.” 



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This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, made possible through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This project was also made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.


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