Marcus Shelby Quartet Live at Cafe Stritch

Cafe Stritch, 374 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113

The Marcus Shelby Quartet will return to the South Bay to perform at San Jose's iconic jazz club Cafe Stritch and will feature new compositions and arrangements by composer Marcus Shelby. The Marcus Shelby Quartet features Rafa Postel (trumpet); Luis Peralta (piano); Genius Wesley (drums); Marcus Shelby (bass)

Marcus Shelby Orchestra featuring Tiffany Austin and Jamie Davis present a special Holiday Concert; The Harlem Nutcracker Suite and More!

SF JAZZ, 201 Franklin St,, San Francisco, CA 94102

It’s a short walk from the SFJAZZ Center to the War Memorial Opera House, which is where the evening-length ballet The Nutcracker made its North America premiere in the winter of 1944. An immediate sensation, the production unleashed an army of Nutcrackers large and small that march across the country come the holidays, turning Tchaikovsky’s spirited score into an enchanting soundtrack for the season. In 1960, at the urging of Billy Strayhorn, the Duke Ellington Orchestra recorded The Nutcracker Suite (Columbia), a brilliant jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s music.

While largely forgotten today, the popular album marked a watershed in one of American music’s most consequent and productive partnerships, as Ellington gave Strayhorn equal billing for the first time on the album’s cover. For bassist, composer, and arranger Marcus Shelby, Ellington and Strayhorn’s Nutcracker Suite arrangements offer an ideal vehicle for his talent-laden jazz orchestra, an ensemble he modeled after Ellington’s.

https://www.sfjazz.org/tickets/productions/marcus-shelby-orchestra-ellingtons-nutcracker/