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Marcus Shelby has recorded 6 CDs for Noir Records, MSJO's independently
owned record label based in San Francisco. These records include
Un Faux Pas!, The Sophisticate, Midtown Sunset, The Lights Suite,
Port Chicago, and Harriet
Tubman. His latest album "Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is coming out on the San Francisco-based Porto Franco Records.
From the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra: "Harriet Tubman"
The following samples are from Harriet Tubman. More information about this CD can be found on the commissions page.
Track 1. Prelude
Track 2. Ashanti Stomp
Track 3. I Will Not Stand Still
Track 4. Ben (Passin' Time)
Track 6. Over Here Lord
Track 8. Stampede of Slaves
Track 10. 54th Regiment (Will They Run or Will They Fight?)
Track 12. Go Down Moses
Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra: "Port Chicago"
The following samples are from Port Chicago.
More information about this CD can be found on the Port
Track 2: Training
Track 3: Mechanized
Track 4: Black
Track 5: Work
Track 6: Sweet
SHELBY JAZZ ORCHESTRA "ELLA"
The following music
samples are from the ballet "Ella" which was composed by Marcus
Shelby, performed by the MSJO and commissioned by the Oakland Ballet.
This work was premiered in October 2005. More information about
"Ella" can be found on this page.
Track 1: A
Tisket, A Tasket
Track 2: Lullaby
Track 3: Begin
Track 4: In
MARCUS SHELBY JAZZ ORCHESTRA "The Lights Suite"
Live at The Intersection for the Arts
Listen to the Marcus
Shelby Jazz Orchestra perform excerpts of Shelbyıs The Light Suite
live at the Intersection for the Arts. This concert was recorded
on May 7, 2002.
Track 1: Transition-The
Track 2: Afro
Track 3: Next
FILM SCORE BY MARCUS SHELBY PERFORMED BY THE MARCUS SHELBY JAZZ
The following music
samples are from Marcus Shelbyıs film score for the film Maladaptive.
The music was performed by the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra.
Track 1: Opening
Track 2: I'm
Track 3: Can't
You See I'm Busy
Track 4: Infidelity
Track 5: Mad
About My Baby vocal
Track 6: Mad
About My Baby vocal 1940s version
Track 7: Living
Track 8: Will
You Marry Me?
Track 9: You
Shelby Jazz Orchestra Live at The Intersection for the Arts
Composed by Gabe Eaton
Lead Alto player Gabe Eaton has written a beautiful composition
for the MSJO called "Lone Anthem". Gabe is an original member of
MSJO dating back to 1998. He and Marcus Shelby have been musical
colleagues and friends since 1990 when they both lived in Los Angeles.
The following is a music sample of his composition, which was recorded
live at The Intersection for the Arts on May 7, 2002.
Track 1: Lone
AT THE YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
YOUTH SPEAKS LIVING WORD FESTIVAL 2003
Brown Dreams was composed by Marcus Shelby during the Summer
of 2003. He received a commission from the organization Youth Speaks
to compose a tone poem to the work of writer Paul Flores who wrote
the libretto to Brown Dreams. This composition premiered on October
5, 2003 live at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and was performed
by the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra featuring Paul Flores in spoken
word. The following music sample is an excerpt from the premiere
performance at Yerba Buena.
Track 1: Brown
COMPOSED BY MARCUS SHELBY
TONE POEM FOR JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Midtown Sunset was composed for quintet and actor in 1993
for the Jazzantiqua Music and Dance Ensemble. In 2004, Marcus Shelby
received a commission from San Francisco Performances to re-orchestrate
Midtown Sunset for jazz orchestra for a presentation at the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This composition pays tribute to
the work of painter Romare Beardon and writer Langston Hughes. Midtown
Sunset is a musical collage organized much in the same way Beardon
would create his paintings using the essence of African American
life as the central theme integrated with a backdrop of colorful
and rhythmic diversity. The following music sample is the part 6
of Midtown Sunset and is called "Background for Ivy".
Track 1: Background
AT YOSHIS DECEMBER 2, 2002
The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra often performs at the
world famous jazz club Yoshis which is located in Oakland, Ca across
the bridge from San Francisco. The MSJO will have their CD release
party for "Port Chicago" at Yoshis on February 21 and 22, 2006.
The following music sample was recorded live at Yoshis on December
2, 2002 and is called "Dance of the Mission Babies". This composition
comes from Shelby's "The Lights Suite".
Track 1: Dance
of the Mission Babies