Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and the Blues The Marcus Shelby Quintet featuring Kim Nalley and the HJF Freedom Jazz Choir When: Friday, March 1, 7 p.m.  What: Healdsburg Jazz presents a concert honoring Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and the Blues Who: The Marcus Shelby Quintet featuring Kim Nalley and the HJF Freedom Jazz Choir Where: Raven PerformingRead More →

“Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and the Blues” Healdsburg Freedom Jazz Choir 2019 Join the Freedom Jazz Choir – three rehearsals leading up to a concert at the Raven Performing Arts Theater on March 1, 2019, celebrating the pioneers of jazz who came to artistic maturity in the 1920s – singer Bessie Smith, trumpeter Louis Armstrong, bandleader Duke EllingtonRead More →

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” Marcus Shelby Big Band with Tiffany Austin and the Freedom Jazz Choir, plus special guests James Newton and Ruth Naomi Floyd Sunday, June 10, Noon Raven Performing Arts Center 115 North Street Reserved Seating: $45 Gold Circle, $30 General Event patron – Beth Berkson and Rob Das In the early 2000s, Marcus Shelby, already anRead More →

Sign up for the Freedom Jazz Choir “Lift Every Voice and Sing!” On Sunday, June 10, in a special Healdsburg Jazz Festival performance, the HJF Freedom Jazz Choir will present “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in a special concert at the Raven Theater. This community concert will feature the Marcus Shelby Big Band, with guest performers James Newton and RuthRead More →

Sign up for the Freedom Jazz Choir March 4, 2016 Friday, March 4, 2016 the HJF Freedom Jazz Choir will perform in a special free to the public Black History Month concert with the Marcus Shelby Ensemble at the Raven Theater. This season will focus the music and life of Louis Armstrong who found his musical inspiration at juvenile hallRead More →

Announcing the first performance of the year for the Freedom Jazz Choir…  Celebrating Black History through Music and Poetry: A Tribute to Duke Ellington and Langston Hughes Take part in the new year of the Healdsburg Jazz’ Freedom Jazz Choir, learning from and singing with the Marcus Shelby Quintet featuring Tiffany Austin at their first concert of 2015. “A Tribute to DukeRead More →

Download PDF (221kb): Freedom Jazz Choir – Call for Participants Raise Your Voice in Song Healdsburg Jazz and the Marcus Shelby Orchestra announce the formation of the 2014 Freedom Jazz Choir. Working alongside professional musicians, the Freedom Jazz Choir will perform on stage with the 19-piece Marcus Shelby Orchestra, fostering cooperation while expanding access to jazz and American culture.  This will markRead More →

What: Marcus Shelby Orchestra and theHJF Freedom Jazz ChoirWhere: Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North StreetTime: 7 pm | Tickets: $20 When San Francisco composer and bassist Marcus Shelby recorded a much-celebrated jazz suite called Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King, it featured a 15-piece jazz orchestra. For a series of performances, including this one atRead More →

Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pre-Festival Appearances Date: Saturday, May 11 Time: 7:30 pm Cost: Donation Location: Community Baptist Church, 1620 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa alsoDate: Saturday, May 18 Time: 7:30 pm Cost: $20 Location: Glaser Center547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa  Led by composer, bassist, educator and activist Marcus Shelby, the goal of theRead More →