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Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

by Marcus Shelby

Amen 06:43
Emmett Till 05:31
Black Cab 07:16
Birmingham 11:34


Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a 12 part musical suite that honors the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others who marched and protested for freedom. After 3 years of research, artist residencies, and traveling throughout the south Marcus Shelby composed and orchestrated the music for "Soul of the Movement" for his 15 piece big band orchestra with guest vocalists Faye Carol, Kenny Washington, and Jeannine Anderson and guest instrumentalists Howard Wiley (soprano and tenor sax), Matt Clark (B3 Organ), and Sistah Kee (piano). Soul of the Movement was released in 2011 and has become part of school presentations in and around the San Francisco Bay Area on an annual basis.


released February 1, 2011

Alto 1: Gabe Eaton
Alto 2: Marcus Stephens
Tenor 1/Clarinet: Sheldon Brown
Tenor 2/Flute: Evan Francis
Tenor and Soprano Sax: Howard Wiley (Memphis and Take my Hand)
Baritone: Fil Lorenz
Trombone 1: Joel Behrman
Trombone 2: Rob Ewing
Trombone 3: Mike RInta
Trumpet 1: Louis Fasman
Trumpet 1: Scott Englebright
Trumpet 2: Mike Olmos
Trumpet 3: Darren Johnson
Trumpet 4: Mark Wright
Piano: Adam Shulman
Piano: Sista Kee (Take my hand Precious Lord)
Organ: Matt Clark (We're a Winner)
Drums: Jeff Marrs
Vocal: Faye Carol
Vocal: Kenny Washington
Vocal: Jeannine Anderson
Bass: Marcus Shelby

Produced by Eric Moffat and Marcus Shelby
Art Direction and Graphic Design by Paul Waters
All music arranged and orchestrated by Marcus Shelby
Porto Franco Records 2011


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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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