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"Jazz" adapted by Nambi E. Kelley; based on the book by Toni Morrison; directed by Awoye Tempo; music composed by Marcus Shelby

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Marin Theater Company, 397 Miller Ave. , Mill Valley, CA 94941

Harlem, 1926. The city overflows with Jazz. Folks move with musicality, and speak rhythms, and in the heart of it all is Violet—a middle-aged woman set on revenge. Her husband’s affair with a beautiful young woman sets off a series of violent events and unforgivable acts. Adapted from Toni Morisson’s stunning novel and musically underscored by Bay-Area jazz musician Marcus Shelby—Jazz is a theatrical composition. Peeling back layered accounts and alternating perspectives expose ultimately sympathetic characters, who—like the growing New York neighborhood and the winding woods of their youth—reveal their own rhythms.

Marcus Shelby Quintet featuring Tiffany Austin and the Healdsburg Freedom Jazz Choir

The Raven Theater, 115 North Street , Healdsburg, CA 95448

The Marcus Shelby Quintet featuring Tiffany Austin and the 100 member Healdsburg Freedom Jazz Choir will perform original arrangements by Shelby in a program called "Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and the Blues".

Marcus Shelby Orchestra featuring Tiffany Austin: "Let Freedom Swing"

St. Helena Performing Arts Center, 1401 Grayson , Saint Helena, California 94574

The Marcus Shelby Orchestra featuring vocalist Tiffany Austin will perform a very special concert black history concert at the St. Helena Performing Art Center. Shelby will lead the orchestra in a variety of compositions that will also include rearranged freedom songs and spirituals. "Let Freedom Swing!"

Marcus Shelby Orchestra performs the "Port Chicago Suite"

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Presidio Officer's Club, 50 Moraga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129, San Francisco, CA

The Marcus Shelby Orchestra will perform their "Port Chicago Suite" which is a tribute to the African American men who lost their lives in 1944 at the Port Chicago Naval Weapons base during World War 2. Marcus Shelby will narrate and lead his orchestra in his multi-part suite composed for big band orchestra.