May 11 & 18 – Marcus Shelby & the Freedom Jazz Choir

March 10, 2013

Soul of the Movement: Meditations on
marcus shelby by george wells Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Pre-Festival Appearances

Date: Saturday, May 11
Time: 7:30 pm
Community Baptist Church,

1620 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa

Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 7:30 pm
Glaser Center
547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa 

Led by composer, bassist, educator and activist Marcus Shelby, the goal of the choir is to create a group, building on the diverse demographics of Sonoma County, to come together in song, using music as a unifying force.  The Freedom Jazz Choir will offer performance opportunities for participants to work alongside professional musicians, creating a profound cultural experience fostering cooperation and understanding while expanding awareness of and access to jazz and American culture.  

FJC-callSanta Rosa’s Adam Ivey and the Joyous Noise Ensemble will also participate and contribute music from its gospel repertoire.

In 2013, this project will showcase the music from “Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”, a musical suite for big band and choir inspired by the music in the Civil Rights Movement. The music and lyrics will include Shelby’s arrangements and orchestrations of spirituals and freedom songs associated with Martin Luther King, music from the Joyous Noise Community Baptist Church Ensemble, as well as material composed during the Civil Rights era by notable composers such as Charles Mingus, Nina Simone and others.

Thanks to the many committed and talented community members who have joined the Freedom Jazz Choir this spring. We are all looking forward to these upcoming concerts, and your participation on Thursday, June 6 in the 2013 Healdsburg Jazz Festival.

 More information about this James Irvine Foundation-supported program can be found in this press release.lo_h_bw_300dpi_cmyk_aa

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