Legendary LA Jazz Trumpeter Bobby Shew
Written by Ed Wellman on 11th May 2014
There are many great trumpet players in the world, but Bobby Shew is one of the greatest. Many trumpet players do not get the recognition they deserve; unfortunately, that’s the way of the music business. However, in the trumpet world, Bobby Shew is well known and highly respected. Not only is he one of the greatest trumpet players who ever lived, he is also one of the nicest.
He was described as a guy who could play lead trumpet and jazz improvisation. This is, to some degree, an uncommon feat.
Bobby had a successful career playing in many well-known big bands: Buddy Rich, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Maynard Ferguson, to name a few. He also had a successful run in the studios playing for TV shows including Mary Tyler Moore, Hawaii 5-O, and Streets of San Francisco, as well as movies, such as Rocky 1, Rocky II, Taxi, and The Muppet Show, among others.
Even though he had “made it” in the studios, Bobby gave up his “secure” career in 1982 and dedicated his life to teaching music and playing jazz. In that arena, he forged an incredible career and touched the lives of many aspiring trumpet players.
Siren FM’s Tom Stevens chats to Bobby Shew on the Siren Simply Jazz show.