I was treated to a truly outstanding evening of entertainment tonight in one of my favorite venues. In fact, I can’t really imagine having a better time than I just had listening to the sweet jazz sounds of the Marcus Shelby Quartet playing live at the Red Poppy.
It was one of the hottest nights temperature-wise that I can remember in San Francisco, but that didn’t stop this knock-out set of musicians from tearing it up all evening in the intimate confines of the Poppy. Marcus looked as sharp as ever, even in the heat, and he and the band seemed to just fit in beautifully with the all of the art hanging on the walls behind them — they actually looked as good as they sounded! They performed two sets of tracks from Marcus’s Port Chicago CD, as well as a host of jazz standards that included songs from Duke Ellington, Theonius Monk, and several others. Best of all, Marcus spent some time between each song to talk to the audience about jazz, it’s history, and about the songs that they were playing.
It was truly a night to remember, and I’m happy to be able to give you a small taste of what the night was like through the photos included in this post.