Lift Every Voice and Sing
In the early 2000s, Marcus Shelby, already an esteemed bassist and bandleader in San Francisco, got a notion use music to highlight periods of struggle and uplift in American history. He composed several suites for jazz orchestra, including one about escaped slave and abolitionist Harriett Tubman, and another about Martin Luther King Jr., that were widely embraced on disc and in live tours around the country.
When Marcus started working with the Healdsburg Jazz organization he got another idea: Why not try to include area residents of any age or experience level in the professional performance? His insight was that this could be done with the power of voices huge numbers of them in collaboration with professional musicians. In 2013 with help from a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, Marcus and Healdsburg Jazz christened the Healdsburg Jazz Freedom Jazz Choir.
The Raven Theater will be the venue for Lift Every Voice and Sing featuring the Marcus Shelby Big Band, the 100-piece Freedom Jazz Choir, soul-jazz singer Tiffany Austin, and special guests Ruth Naomi Floyd and James Newton.
Raven Performing Arts Theater (View)
115 North Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|