Marcus Shelby Orchestra, Free jazz concert
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | Free. Outdoors. Fresh. Internationally acclaimed bassist/composer Marcus Shelby occupies his own niche in the Bay Area's jazz eco-system. As the leader of a powerfully swinging 15-piece Marcus Shelby Orchestra and the YBGF resident composer, he's used the ensemble as a vehicle for developing epic works exploring the abiding ties between jazz and blues and African-American social and political movements. Back in the Bay Area after a widely hailed collaboration with Anna Deavere Smith on her trenchant Off-Broadway play Notes From the Field, Shelby presents work-in-progress excerpts from "Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues" and past YBGF commissioned pieces, including "Green and Blues" and "Beyond the Blues." Part of YBG Festival's Weekend Sessions. For our full summer schedule, visit www.ybgfestival.org.