This summer, the Jazz in the Courtyard series draws inspiration from the Smithsonian’s exhibition of “African American Artists: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond” by celebrating the African American music traditions and musicians who paved the way for modern music. An award winning composer, arranger, educator, and bassist, Marcus Shelby is nationally recognized for his commitment to using music to narrate the rich history of African Americans. Join Marcus and his quartet for a night of impeccable arrangements and swing sensibility. $6 Museum members, $10 students/youth, $12 nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org, the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182. A picnic basket for two is available at the Crocker Cafe for $32 and requires 24-hour advance notice. To reserve your basket, call (916) 808-1865.