May 16, 2020
SFLINKS@SFJAZZ benefit concert presented by The San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will continue SFLinks’ tradition of promoting Jazz as an American art form, a healing force and experience for wellness.
This inter-generational event creates a unique opportunity for our families, friends and community, as jazz music in all its dimensions is a holistic way to communicate and relate with one another; speaking to our hearts and our souls.
SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Marcus Shelby and the Marcus Shelby Orchestra, featuring talented vocalist Tiffany Austin will present a special multimedia concert celebrating the accomplishments of iconic African American women throughout history and their call to freedom across the decades, as reflected in the community-based work of the San Francisco Links.
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.
An L.A. native, Tiffany Austin spent five years in Japan as a singer before moving to the East Bay in 2009 to study at the UC Berkeley School of Law. During her studies, the pull of music was too strong to ignore, and she earned a full scholarship to the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly known as the JazzSchool), where she worked extensively with renowned Brazilian pianist Marcos Silva. Austin’s refreshing approach to the jazz tradition blends elements of R&B, hip-hop, and the blues in equal measure, creating a fresh and invigorating hybrid that stirs the soul and moves the body.
One of the highlights of this year’s event will be the presentation of the “2020 SFLinksConnect Awards” to outstanding individuals who have championed our diverse San Francisco communities of color. Past honorees include London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General and pioneer in the field of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); and Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. In addition, 2020 is our inaugural recognition of SFSTREAMers, celebrating STEM engaged youth in San Francisco.
Proceeds benefit The Links Foundation to further SFLinksConnect: At Home and Abroad, our integrated award-winning education and leadership, and preventive health and wellness, and STEM campaigns.
Hosted reception immediately preceding the concert.