Date(s) - 06/05/2020
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
- Spoken Word
- ArtsEarth Partner
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Original show description below…
Author, activist, and educator Angela Davis joins Shelby’s all-star quintet for this evening of spoken word and music that illuminates the legacies of “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, featuring Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller, Tammy Hall, Paula West, Tiffany Austin, and Kim Nalley.
Bassist, composer, arranger, educator and bandleader Marcus Shelby is a figure synonymous with Bay Area jazz and the spirit of collaboration. A recipient of the Charles Mingus Scholarship, Shelby attended CalArts and studied with Charlie Haden and James Newton while working simultaneously with the all-star jazz ensemble Black/Note, who released a series of highly regarded albums in the 1990s. Since moving to the Bay Area, he has led a highly regarded jazz orchestra and numerous small groups, with large-scale commissions focused on the history, present, and future of the African-American experience.
For nearly four decades – and especially since the opening of the SFJAZZ Center in 2013 – this organization has worked to honor the ever-changing jazz tradition and to build a community around this unparalleled American art form. And the coronavirus, ironically, has served as a call to action: our hall may be dark right now, but the music is alive, and we intend it to remain so. Fridays at Five is our starting point, responding to the virus in a very “jazz” way – building on decades of hard work at SFJAZZ, while improvising our way to a digital future. The music will outlive the virus.
A chance to support the artists and catch up on memorable concerts from years past.
— SF Classical Voice
That was super-great … really immersive, amazing camerawork and the sound was excellent. I just felt like I was inside the music and really in the hall.
— SFJAZZ Member
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