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Harriet Tubman

by Marcus Shelby



Harriet Tubman is an 11 part musical suite composed by Marcus Shelby that is inspired by the life and work of American hero Harriet Tubman and based on the book "Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land" by Kate Clifford Larson. Shelby composed the music for his 15 piece big band orchestra featuring vocalists Faye Carol, Kenny Washington, Jeannine Anderson, and Joseph Mace. The musical suite contains 10 original compositions and 1 rearranged spiritual "Go Down Moses" and is inspired by her life born into slavery, her escapes, her work during the Civil War, and her work fighting for Women's Rights.


released June 1, 2008

Alto 1: Gabe Eaton
Alto 2: Marcus Stephens
Tenor 1/Clarinet: Rob Barics
Tenor 2/Flute: Evan Francis
Baritone/Bass Clarinet: Tom Griesser
Trombone 1: Danny Grewen
Trombone 2: Scott Larson
Trombone 3: Marc Bolin
Trumpet 1: Dave Scott
Trumpet 2: Mike Olmos
Trumpet 3: Darren Johnson
Trumpet 4: Joel Ryan
Piano: Adam Shulman
Drums: Jeff Marrs
Vocal: Faye Carol
Vocal: Kenny Washington
Vocal: Jeannine Anderson
Vocal: Joseph Mace
Bass/Conductor: Marcus Shelby

Based on the Book "Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land" by Kate Clifford Larson

Produced by Kate Dumbleton, Eric Moffat and Marcus Shelby
Art Direction and Graphic Design by Paul Waters
All music arranged and orchestrated by Marcus Shelby

Recorded at Bay Records Berkeley, CA
October 22-23, 2007 and November 5, 2007
Recording Engineer: Jeremy Goody
Mixed by Eric Moffat
Vocal Rehearsal Pianist: Jason Martineau
Management: Kate Dumbelton

Commissioned by The Creative Work Fund, The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival with additional support from the Equal Justice Society, The Committee on Black Performing Arts Stanford University, and the Center for Cultural Innovation


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Marcus Shelby San Francisco, California

Marcus Shelby is a composer/bassist who lives in San Francisco, California. His work focuses on the history, present, and future of African American lives. Currently, Shelby is the Artistic Director for Healdsburg Jazz. Shelby composed the score and performed in Anna Deavere Smith’s Off Broadway Play and HBO feature film “Notes from the Field” (2019) ... more

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