Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land

2014 HJF Freedom Jazz Choir Poster
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When: Thursday, June 5
Where: Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg
Time: 7:00 pm
Tickets: $20

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This is the climactic performance of Marcus Shelby‘s 2014 project with Healdsburg Jazz – the final performance of his oratorio Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land, featuring his 18-piece orchestra and the 100-strong voices of the HJF Freedom Jazz Choir. (See the post on earlier performances.)

The 17-piece jazz orchestra, featuring the dynamic Ms. Faye Carol, will perform the musical suite for big band and choir inspired by the music of the Civil Rights Movement. Joining them for this evening will be Adam Ivey of the Santa Rosa Community Baptist Church, premiering two new compositions.

Shelby, hailed as one of jazz’s “Young Lions” 20 years ago, turned his back on the Big Apple and made the Bay Area his home. He has since created highly-regarded jazz oratorios and suites from a variety of eclectic sources: Shakespeare, John Muir, Duke Ellington, and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as Harriet Tubman, in this suite derived from Kate Clifford Larson’s biography “Bound for the Promised Land.” Visit his website at marcusshelby.com.


When released on disc in 2007, “Harriet Tubman” proved a landmark effort. Combining modern jazz, soul and spirituals, it richly evoked the life of the escaped slave and abolitionist. This is the first performance of Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land, since its recording in 2007, with Faye Carol in the role of Tubman. The CD of this historic performance is available from Amazon.

Other performances include:

  • May 17 (Saturday), at Sonoma Community Baptist Church, 1620 Sonoma Ave., 7 pm
  • May 24 (Saturday) at Glaser Community Center, Santa Rosa, 7 pm ($20) Ticket link

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marcus shelby and Faye Carol by Curtis Thomson

Marcus Shelby and the Freedom Jazz Choir

Marcus Shelby (r) and Faye Carol by Curtis Thomsonmarcus shelby by george wells