The Marcus Shelby Trio will be headlining Friday, May 25th of the SF Offside Festival at 50 Mason Social House. He will joined by vocalist Tiffany Austin and pianist Joe Warner. Mr. Shelby is renowned bassist, composer, arranger and educator, showcasing his immense talents by leading multiple projects that vary in size and scope. He took a few minutes to discuss his upcoming performance at SF Offside and gives fans a little insight into what they can expect.
SFOFest – Tell us about your band’s first gig.
MS – Although I have been leading a trio for 16 years now in San Francisco, the trio performing in the Offside Festival, featuring Tiffany Austin (vocals) and Joe Warner (piano), had it’s first gig as an ensemble in December of 2011. We now have been performing regularly around the city playing blues, swing, rhythm and blues, and original compositions.
SFOFest – If you could open for any band, who would it be?
MS – Ahmad Jamal.
SFOfest – If you’re on the road, who’s the driver, who’s the chef, who’s late leaving in the morning, who loses their cell phone etc?
MS – Our current ensemble is fairly new so I don’t quite know those answers. I could answer these easily with my orchestra though! I can tell you I wouldn’t be the chef :)
SFOFest – Discuss one thing you’re looking forward to about the SF Offside Festival.
MS – I personally look forward to performing with my trio and engaging with the audience. We like to share stories about the music we play and we invite the audience into the discussion during the concert.
SFOFest – Describe your band’s music in 15 words or less.
MS – We perform originals and re-arrangements of standards, swing, rhythm and blues, pop music, and soul.
Catch the Marcus Shelby Trio on Friday, May 25th at 50 Mason Social House. For more information on Marcus Shelby, please visit http://www.marcusshelby.com/
Marcus Shelby Trio
Vocalist Tiffany Austin