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What’s in a genre? Bassist Marcus Shelby questions what makes jazz, jazz

In 1944, Tchaikovsky’s famous “The Nutcracker” landed in North America at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House. 78 years later — and just down the street — Marcus Shelby and his jazz orchestra hit the bandstand with Duke Ellington’s arrangement, “The Nutcracker Suite,” a true jazz masterwork. But was it really jazz?
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Mercury News

Marcus Shelby ready to put his stamp on Healdsburg Jazz Fest

Under the best of conditions, Marcus Shelby faced a rough road in taking over the Healdsburg Jazz Festival’s reins from founding artistic director Jessica Felix. Over two decades, drawing on her longstanding friendships with master improvisers who shaped the music’s rapid evolution in the 1960s, Felix turned the sleepy Wine Country town into a major jazz destination.
HEALDSBURG, CA
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KQED

Marcus Shelby, Black London Headline a Day of Free Concerts in SF

Even though California’s economy has technically been open since last year, a lot of people are still experiencing their firsts since COVID hit—their first night back to the theater, their favorite club or a concert hall. And if you’ve missed live music over the past two years, SF Music Day is a chance to get your fill and then some.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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sfbayview.com

Legendary composer Marcus Shelby is bringing his opera ‘Harriet’s Spirit’ to the Bayview Opera House TODAY and TOMORROW

Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway were two of the first internationally known Black musicians in this country, and they were both leaders of big bands otherwise known as orchestras, which means that big bands played an integral part in Black people gaining the little respect we do have in this country – starting with mass media perceptions trickling down into everyday society. Music has always been a big part of the cultural revolution against white supremacy, but the point I am making is that although Jazz, Rock, R&B and Hip Hop is worldwide, having been born in the U.S. and started by Black people, all of this positive media attention started with the big bands.
OAKDALE, CA