About Marcus Shelby Quartet

Marcus Shelby Quartet featuring Faye Carol

Program Title: “Soul of the Movement” by Marcus Shelby

Marcus Shelby and his quartet, featuring vocalist Faye Carol, will present a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the musical legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Marcus Shelby has been extensively researching and developing music that pays homage to the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other characters critical to the success of the Civil Rights Movement. He has created original compositions, re-arranged and re-orchestrated spirituals, freedom songs, jazz, and blues music written during the movement. The Marcus Shelby Orchestra released their CD “Harriet Tubman” in 2008 to critically acclaimed reviews and were voted rising stars in both Big Band and Arranger categories in Downbeat 2009. On January 15, 2011 (Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday) The Marcus Shelby Orchestra released their new recording called “Soul of the Movement” a follow up to their work on “Harriet Tubman”, which combines swing, blues, ballads, text, vocals, spirituals, and other forms to evoke the wonderful history of America. The concert performance includes commentary and narrative about the life and history of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and jazz music.

Marcus Shelby Quartet featuring Faye Carol Personnel:

Faye Carol: vocals
Howard Wiley: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Adam Shulman: piano
Jeff Marrs:
Marcus Shelby: bass, speaker

Awards, Grants, Teaching, Discography

2007-Present-Rooftop Elementary; K-8; SF, CA;
2003-2007-Young Musicians Program; Berkeley, CA;
1999-2004-San Francisco State, CA
2001-Present-Stanford University; Stanford Jazz Workshop
2003-Present-Jazz Camp West Faculty
Workshop and Lecture-“Harriet Tubman and Jazz”; “Women and Jazz
Workshop and Lecture-“MLK and Jazz”
Workshop and Lecture-“The Legacy of Duke Ellington”; The Legacy of Louis Armstrong”
Various Libraries, Churches, Art Houses, and Social Clubs

Awards and Honors
1991 - Charles Mingus Scholarship to the California Institute for the Arts; 1991 - John Coltrane Young Artists Competition (with Black/Note); 1997 - Image Award Nomination for theatrical stage score for /Emitt Till/ by Bryan Burrell; 1998 - ASCAP Popular Award for Songwriters and Composers; 1999 - California Music Award Nomination for /Best Jazz Artist 1998/; 1999 - Bay Guardian Award for /Best Jazz Band/; 1999 - S.F. Weekly Wammie Award for /Best Jazz Musician/; 2000 - Dean Goodman Choice Awards for Excellence in Bay Area Theatre for Theatrical Score for /Trail of Her Inner Thigh/; Theater Circle Critics Award for Best Musical Score for “Hellhound on my Trail”/; Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Music, Savage Jazz Dance Company/: 2005 – City Flight Magazine- Top 10 Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area for Arts and Culture /:2008 – Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award for Best Original Music Score, “Sonny’s Blues”

Grant Awards

2011 The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundaton Composer Grant
2009 Black Metropolis Research Consortium Research Fellowship, Chicago
2008 Center for Cultural Innovation, Marketing and Distribution Planning & Implementation Grants
2006 Stanford University, Committee on Black Performing Arts “Resident Dialogue” Artist Fellowship
2005 Haas Foundation, Creative Work Fund, “Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land”
2002 Theater Communications Group Resident Artist Grant
2001 Meet The Composer “New Residency” Program
2000 Haas Foundation, Creative Work Fund for New Work, “The Lights”

Private Commissions
2009 Cynthia Ross, “Calvin Jones”
2009 San Mateo County “Martin Luther King Day” Committee Commission “MLK” Part I
2007 deYoung Museum and “Jazz at Intersection” Commission “Peaceable Kingdom”
2002 Equal Justice Society Commission “Port Chicago”

Teaching Artist in Residence, Rooftop School
Instructor, Berkeley Young Musicians Program
Instructor, Stanford Jazz Workshop/ Jazz Camp

2011/ Soul of the Movement (Marcus Shelby Orchestra, Porto Franco Records)
2008/ Harriet Tubman (Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Noir Records)
2006 /Port Chicago/ (Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Noir Records)
2001 /The Lights Suite /(Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Noir Records)
1999 /The Sophisticate/ (The Marcus Shelby Trio, Noir Records)
1998 /Intimate Strangers/ (The Marcus Shelby Trio w/ Marcus Conrad Poston, Noir Records)
1998 /Midtown Sunset/ (Jazz Antiqua Ensemble, Noir Records)
1997 /Un Faux Pas/ (The Marcus Shelby Trio, Noir Records)
1995 /Nothin’ but the Swing/ (Black/Note, Uni/Impulse)
1994 /LA Underground/ (Black/Note, Red)
1993 /Jungle Music/ (Black/Note, Sony Music)
1991 /43rd and Degnan/ (Black/Note, World Stage)

Theatrical Scoring
2008/ Sonny’s Blues/ Word for Word, San Francisco, CA
2005/ Fear of a Brown Planet, Youth Speaks Literary Organization, San Francisco, CA
2003/ Wheel of Fortune/ by John Steppling, Campo Santo Theater Company, San Francisco, CA
2002 /The Lights/, by Howard Korder, Intersection for the Arts/ODC, San Francisco, CA
2000 /Hellhound On My Trail,/ by Denis Johnson, Campo Santo Theater Company, San Francisco, CA
1999 /Simpatico/, by Sam Shepard, Campo Santo Theater Company, San Francisco, CA
1998 /Trail of Her Inner Thigh/, by Erin Cressida Wilson, Campo Santo Theater, San Francisco, CA
1998 /Suicide in B Flat/, by Sam Shepard, 3^rd Set, Slim’s, San Francisco, CA
1998 /King Lear/, by William Shakespeare, 450 Geary Studio Theater, San Francisco, CA
1997 /Suicide in B Flat/, by Sam Shepard, 3^rd Set, Justice League, San Francisco, CA

Film Scoring
2003 “Maladaptive,” Adam Chin Director
2002 “Ralph Ellison: An American Hero,” Avon Kirkland Production, PBS
2001 “King of the Bingo Game,” Elise Robertson, adaptation of Ralph Ellison short story, PBS
2000 “Poetic License,” Directed by Dave Yanofsky, Production, PBS
1998 “Park Day,” Directed by Sterling Macer, Jr., Blockbuster Pictures

Ballet and Dance

2005 Oakland Ballet, Commission for “Ella,” Donald McKayle
2001 Oakland Ballet, Commission for “Un Faux Pas,” Reginald Savage
2000 Robert Moses’ Kin -“Collaboration 2000” Robert Henry Johnson, Sara Shelton Mann
1998-2004 Musical Director, Savage Jazz Dance Company
1993-2006 Musical Director, Jazz Antiqua Music and Dance Ensemble

San Francisco Jazz Festival/ Monterey Jazz Festival/ Montreal Jazz Festival/ Kuumbwa Jazz Center/ Yoshi’s Jazz Club/Half Note-Athens, Greece/Dizzie’s,NYC/North Sea Jazz Festival/Vienne Jazz Festival/Yerba Buena Arts Center/San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Paramount Theater/Stanford Jazz Festival; Blue Note (NYC and Tokyo);

Marcus Shelby

About The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra

In 1999, Marcus Shelby's interest in composing for jazz orchestra and his work in collaboration with the Bay Area multidisciplinary arts organization Intersection for the Arts led him to form the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra.

Today The MSJO is comprised of eighteen of the Bay Area’s most respected and sought after young musicians including Adam Shulman, Mike Olmos, Joel Behrman, and Evan Francis with featured artists that include; Saxophonist Howard Wiley, and celebrated vocalists Faye Carol and Kenny Washington.

Shelby has written an extensive series of original compositions and suites as well as orchestrated a broad survey of arrangements from great composers Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Shelby was awarded two residencies with Intersection for the Arts through Theater Communications Group and Meet the Composer and in 2000 was awarded the Creative Work Fund grant to compose for the MSJO. The project resulted in the recording “The Lights”. In 2002, Shelby was commissioned by the Equal Justice Society to compose a suite for jazz orchestra in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Port Chicago Mutiny. In 2005, Marcus received the Creative Work Fund grant to compose a jazz oratoria for jazz orchestra which narrates the life of Harriet Tubman. In 2009 Marcus received the Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowship to conduct research in preparation for the Marcus Shelby Orchestra’s 4th CD release on January 15, 2011 titled “Soul of the Movement”. This CD received critical acclaim and reached #2 on National Jazz Radio Charts (February 2011). Currently, Marcus Shelby has received a Gerbode Award and has been commissioned to compose an original musical with Bay Area director, writer, and actress Margo Hall. This production will feature the Marcus Shelby Orchestra and will premier in Spring 2013.

In addition to developing commissioned works, the orchestra currently performs at Bay Area clubs, universities, high schools, elementary schools, churches, festivals, and concert venues.

About Kenny Washington
Recently 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 in a Jazz Times interview that Kenny was the only contemporary male vocalist carrying on the tradition.

About Faye Carol
Faye Carol is one of the premiere vocalists of her time. Her unique style and gift of connecting with her audience is astonishing. This Bay Area living legend remains true to her Mississippi roots infusing the blues into everything from Cole Porter to Michelle Legrand songs

Marcus Shelby Orchestra
Alto: Gabe Eaton
Alto: Marcus Stephens
Tenor/Clarinet: Sheldon Brown
Tenor/Flute: Evan Francis
Tenor/Soprano Sax: Howard Wiley
Baritone/Bass Clarinet: Fil Lorenz
Trombones: Joel Behrman, Rob Ewing, Mike Rinta
Trumpets: Scott Englebright, Mike Olmos, Darren Johnston, Mark Wright
Piano: Adam Shulman
Drums: Jeff Marrs
Bass/Conductor: Marcus Shelby
Vocals: Faye Carol, Kenny Washington, Jeannine Anderson