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Freedom Jazz Choir 2014

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 mark the second year of the Freedom Jazz Choir, which launched in 2013 with “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.

For 2014, the program will showcase the music from the suite “Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land,” created for big band and choir. The oratorio tells the compelling story of Tubman, who escaped slavery and dedicated herself to challenging the grave injustices in her day.

Freedom Jazz ChoirIn addition, Adam Ivey from the Community Baptist Church will premiere a composition commissioned for this repertoire. Choir members will have the opportunity to discuss freedom songs from their own backgrounds and suggest specific compositions to be included in the choir’s public performances.

Participation is FREE and open to all regardless of age, background or ability. Show up for the first rehearsal Saturday, March 8 and be ready to sing!

About the Freedom Jazz Choir

Led by composer, bassist and educator, Marcus Shelby, the choir will be created from the diverse demographics of Sonoma County using music as a unifying force. The choir is a free-of-charge ensemble that will bring diverse communities together for a rich musical experience. It is supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.


Choir members must commit to 5 rehearsals and 3 performances. 

Rehearsals: Saturdays,  March 8 and 22, April 12 and 26, May 10. Each rehearsal is from 2 pm-5 pm

LocationCommunity Baptist Church, 1620 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa


  • Santa Rosa on Saturday, May  17 and Saturday, May 24.  (Locations to be announced.)
  • Healdsburg: Thursday, June 5 (Raven Theater, during the 2014 Healdsburg Jazz Festival)


You may register in person at the first rehearsal on March 8, 1 pm at the Community Baptist Church. Or contact us by email or by phone, (707) 433-4633.