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Jazz, Marcus Shelby Orchestra: The Legacy of Duke Ellington: 50 Years of Swing, May 2, 2014


Bassist and Bay Area native Marcus Shelby and his 16-piece jazz orchestra pay tribute to one of the most influential composers in jazz history in this powerfully kinetic concert. The first half of the program, with guest appearances by Faye Carol and violinist Mathew Szemela, features music spanning Ellington's 50-year career, including such jazz standards as Creole Love Call, Black Beauty, and C Jam Blues. Shelby and his orchestra will be joined for the second half of the program by actors from California Shakespeare Theater to perform Ellington and longtime collaborator Billy Strayhorn's 1957 album Such Sweet Thunder, a 12-part musical suite inspired by the work of William Shakespeare.

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Donor Event: Friends Appreciation Concert and Post-Performance Reception
Fri, May 2
Zellerbach Mezzanine
(Donors of $100+)

RSVP to Jamie McClave at or 510.642.8395
Complimentary tickets to the performance are offered based on your current membership level and are available on a first come, first served basis.* To purchase additional tickets, please contact the ticket office at 510.642.9988

$100 level — please contact the ticket office at 510.642.9988 to purchase tickets
$225 or $450 levels — 2 complimentary tickets
$750+ levels — 4 complimentary tickets

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* This offer is good for current Friends of Cal Performances or Producer's Circle members only. Ticket requests must be received by April 25 and specific seating requests (other than ADA needs) cannot be accommodated. All tickets will be held at will call and are available for pick-up an hour and a half before the performance; photo ID is required. Tickets cannot be transferred and/or exchanged for this event; no refunds on previously purchased tickets for this event. Offer is subject to availability.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]


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