Friday, October 20, 8pm at Community Music Center | tickets |
Bassist Marcus Shelby joins with sax player Charlie Gurke to form a quintet for this engagement.
Charlie Gurke is one of the most in-demand baritone sax players in the area. He’s a regular in the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra sax section and has also performed with the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Realistic Orchestra, and other Jazz Mafia projects. Gurke teaches Stage Band at Laney College and San Francisco’s School of the Arts and is the music director for We Players theater company.
In addition to being an educator and activist, Marcus Shelby is a bandleader, composer, arranger, and bassist, who has been a supporter of Jazz in the Neighborhood since its inception. Over the past 25 years his work and music has focused on sharing the history, present, and future of African American lives; on social movements in the United States of America; and on early childhood music education. Shelby is currently a member of the San Francisco Arts Commission. His recent work includes Beyond the Blues: A Prison Oratorio, an original composition for big band orchestra commissioned by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, which premiered in 2015.