Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Black Ball
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Marcus Shelby Orchestra
Resident Artistic Director

Marcus Shelby Orchestra

Black ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues

MAY 23–26 | SFJAZZ RESIDENT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MARCUS SHELBY

May 25, 2019
Miner Auditorium

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Original show description below.

The premiere of an extended piece for big band, drawing connections between the barnstorming teams of the early 20th century Negro Leagues and the territory bands of the swing era. The show re-creates the comedic aspect of the games, complete with clowns and physical comedy.

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Marcus Shelby Interview

ABOUT MARCUS SHELBY
Bassist, composer, arranger, educator and bandleader Marcus Shelby is a figure synonymous with Bay Area jazz and the spirit of collaboration. A recipient of the Charles Mingus Scholarship, Shelby attended Cal Arts and studied with Charlie Haden and James Newton while working simultaneously with the all-star jazz ensemble Black/Note, who released a series of highly regarded albums in the 1990s. Since moving to the Bay Area, he has led a highly regarded jazz orchestra and numerous small groups, with large-scale commissions focused on the history, present, and future of the African-American experience.

Marcus Shelby illuminates history through jazz.

San Francisco Chronicle

Marcus Shelby illuminates history through jazz.

San Francisco Chronicle

Personnel

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
Tiffany Austin vocals
Mujahid Rashid vocals
Bryan Dyer vocals
Tristan Cunningham clown
Marcus Shelby conductor

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

SF Weekly

Personnel

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
Tiffany Austin vocals
Mujahid Rashid vocals
Bryan Dyer vocals
Tristan Cunningham clown
Marcus Shelby conductor

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

SF Weekly

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