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My friend Mimi Poinsett MD (@yayayarndiva) told me about this, as she is singing with the HJF Freedom Jazz Choir's production of Marcus Shelby's Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
From a review of the recorded version:
Bassist, composer and arranger Marcus Shelby was inspired to put the album together by his study of the Civil Rights Movement and, in the combining of his own original compositions with spirituals and tunes associated with the movement, he has created a most affecting and uplifting recording, performed with passion by the superb 15-piece Marcus Shelby Orchestra.
The performances will be something special. "A remarkable collaboration between jazz bassist Marcus Shelby and the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, this spectacular performance of Shelby's choral piece 'Soul of the Movement' is made possible by a special grant from the James Irvine Foundation. Backed up by Shelby's San Francisco-based orchestra, 150 singers will also perform spirituals and freedm songs arranged for this event."
The May 11th performance will start at 7:30 pm at the Community Baptist Church, 1620 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. Admission by donation.
The May 18th performance will start at 7:30 pm at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. Tickets are $20.00, which you can purchase from http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/363776