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Marcus Shelby

Marcus Shelby is a celebrated bassist, composer, educator, director and recording artist. He has composed works dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, the blow up in Richmond, as well as, given creative interpretations to the standard jazz repertoire. He is currently the Artistic Director and leader of The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, The Marcus Shelby Septet and the Marcus Shelby Trio. This background gives him an exceptional position to speak on the theme of how the arts have been used to explore issues related to race.


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