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Bobby Shew

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Born In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bobby Shew began playing the guitar at the age of eight and switched to the trumpet at ten. By the time he was thirteen he was playing at local dances with a number of bands and by fifteen had put together his own group to play at dances, occasional concerts and in jazz coffee houses. He spent most of his high school days playing as many as six nights a week in a dinner club, giving him an early start to his professional career. He then spent three years as the jazz trumpet soloist in the famed NORAD multi-service band. Shortly after leaving he joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Sam Donahue, which, among other things, gave him the chance to perform quite a bit with trumpet legend Charlie Shavers

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby Shew

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby Shew

All About Jazz is celebrating Bobby Shew's birthday today! Born In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bobby Shew began playing the guitar at the age of eight and switched to the trumpet at ten. By the time he was thirteen he was playing at local dances with a number of bands and by fifteen had put together his ...

Album

Telepathy

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: It Might As Well Be Spring, Poor Butterfly, Yesterdays, Telepathy, The Gentle Rain, You've Changed, Indian Summer, Telepathy II.

Album

Found Sounds

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Irmageddon; Fiaker Lied; Shofar; Trainology; Time Will Tell; Between a Rock and a Hard Place; Taipei; On the Brink; A Last Dance.

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Article: Album Review

Markus Gottschlich: Found Sounds

Read "Found Sounds" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Found Sounds? As it turns out, there is a special story behind that. For four years leading up to this recording, Austrian-born pianist Markus Gottschlich preserved “sounds" he heard around the world using a binaural mic and hand-held recording device. He writes that one thing he found was that “sounds, more than any other sensory stimulus" ...

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Article: Interview

Matthew Halsall: A New Dawn

Read "Matthew Halsall: A New Dawn" reviewed by Chris May


After five years without the release of any newly recorded material, the British trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has returned in winter 2020 with a fresh new band and a sparkling new album, Salute To The Sun, on his Gondwana Records label. It is more than good to have him and his music back.

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Article: Profile

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Marc Seales

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Marc Seales" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 30's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Bobby Shew / Bill Mays: Telepathy

Read "Telepathy" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Trumpet and piano duo albums are relatively rare. Louis Armstrong and Earl “Fatha" Hines' “Weather Bird" (1928) was a groundbreaker, although a single. Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie (Pablo, 1974) and Clark Terry's One on One (Chesky Records, 1999), where CT played with fourteen different jazz pianists, come to mind. Telepathy, a horn-piano collaboration featuring trumpeter ...

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Article: Album Review

Win Pongsakorn: Yes, It Is!

Read "Yes, It Is!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although it may take a while (if ever) for Pongsakorn “Win" Lertvanitsutha to become a household name outside his native land, the twenty-nine-year-old trumpeter from Thailand makes an impressive debut on Yes, It Is!, a buoyant studio session, recorded in Italy, that makes room for a brace of guest appearances by Pongsakorn's mentor, Jim Rotondi. Besides ...

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Article: Album Review

Luca Aquino: Italian Songbook

Read "Italian Songbook" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Given a stroke of sfortuna, trumpet players can encounter physically and psychologically debilitating facial injuries. Maladies such as embouchure overuse, lip muscle tears, trauma, dystonia and Bell's Palsy can disrupt or end careers. After a devastating bout with Bell's Palsy, obtaining the guidance of trumpet “Yoda," Bobby Shew, and undergoing a lengthy recovery, Italian trumpeter Luca ...


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