Marcus Anthony Shelby
Marcus Anthony Shelby is an accomplished teacher, composer, arranger, and bassist who currently lives in San Francisco, California. Over the past 20 years, he has built a diverse biography. From 1990-1996, Shelby was bandleader of Columbia Records and GRP Impulse! Recording Artists Black/Note and is currently the Artistic Director and leader of The Marcus Shelby Orchestra, The Marcus Shelby Hot 7, and The Marcus Shelby Trio. Shelby was awarded a 2009 Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowship in Chicago for summer 2009 to conduct research for his commission to compose “Soul of the Movement”. Shelby was also a 2006 Fellow in the Resident Dialogues Program of the Committee for Black Performing Arts at Stanford University to conduct research for his commission to compose “Harriet Tubman”. Shelby also has had the honor of arranging for and conducting the Count Basie Orchestra featuring Ledisi, performing and recording with Tom Waits, and receiving the City Flight Magazine 2005 award as one of the “Top Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area”. As the 1991 winner of the Charles Mingus Scholarship, Shelby’s studies include work under the tutelage of composer James Newton and legendary bassist Charlie Haden. Shelby is also very active in music education and currently teaches at Rooftop Alternative School in San Francisco, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University.

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/Teaching/
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; 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/
Camp 2011 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Commission for “Green and Blues”
2011 Equal Justice Society Commission for “Dying While Black and Brown” ballet with Joanna Haigood and the Zaccho Dance Theater Company
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”

/Instruction/
Teaching Artist in Residence, Rooftop School
Teaching Artist in Residence, Leonard Flynn Elementary;
Teaching Artist in Residence, Healdsburg Jazz Festival
Instructor, Berkeley Young Musicians Program; Instructor, Stanford Jazz Workshop/ Jazz

/Discography/
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, 3rd 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, 3rd 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
1997 “Our Father,” Toni Ann Johnson, independent short
1995 “Higher Learning,” Directed by John Singleton, Columbia Pictures
1995 “White Man’s Burden,” Directed by Desmond Nakano, Savoy Pictures

/Ballet and Dance/
2011 Equal Justice Commission for “Dying While Black and Brown; Zaccho Dance Theater Company
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

/Performances/**partial list
San Francisco Jazz Festival/ Monterey Jazz Festival/ Kuumbwa Jazz Center/ Yoshi’s Jazz Club/ Brunos Jazz Club/ Yerba Buena Arts Center/San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Paramount Theater/The Jazz School/Intersection for the Arts/Stanford Jazz Festival