It was my pleasure to help archive the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra’s headlining performance at the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival on July 1, 2006. The band took the stage at 4pm and proceeded to give the crowd EXACTLY what they came to see, some swingin’ big band action live on the streets of San Francisco.
The orchestra played original songs from their Port Chicago Suite and The Lights Suite, and they also played a whole host of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn classics in memory of their visits to San Francisco back in the heyday of Jazz in the Fillmore. The band’s Ellington set list included Tourist Point of View and Ad Lib on Nippon from the Far East Suite and four tracks from Harlem Nutcracker and Blue Harlem.
It was a great afternoon of big band jazz in the Fillmore, and the audience was just lapping it up! So, I hope you enjoy the photos and this five-minute audio sample from the archival recording I made of their amazing performance. I’d also like to personally thank Marcus for letting me share this little taste of their Fillmore Street set with all of you.
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