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Marcus Shelby

Marcus Shelby is a Bay Area powerhouse, as influential as he is musical. A superb bassist and composer whose mentors include Charlie Haden and James Newton, Marcus has found a particular calling in the jazz world: Commenting on events and themes in Afro-American history through the medium of the big band, not unlike Duke Ellington. “I'm not sure I could just play music for its own sake,” he recently told DownBeat. “I use music as a way to reach higher, to understand myself and my community.” His… Show more

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