Trumpeter Bobby Shew Highlights Jazz Festival
Trumpeter Bobby Shew, a veteran of both the Tommy Dorsey and Woody Herman Bands, will be the featured artist at the NMU Jazz Festival. He will present an educational clinic before performing with two NMU jazz ensembles in the gala festival concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kaufman Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $6 for non-NMU students and $1 for NMU students. They are available at all EZ Ticket outlets.
A free opening concert to kick off the festival is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Reynolds Recital Hall. It features the NMU Dixieland All-Stars and the NMU Faculty and Friends Jazz Combo, along with guest clinicians and adjudicators.
On Friday, more than 20 high school and middle school ensembles from throughout the region will perform from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Jamrich Hall rooms 102, 103 and 105. There will also be educational clinics from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall.
The gala concert on Friday night begins with a performance by the festival’s outstanding high school band before Shew takes the stage with the NMU Jazz Combo and the NMU Jazz Band, under the direction of Mark Flaherty (Music).
In addition to his solid career as a solo jazz artist and as a studio musician in Los Angeles, Shew has served on the board of directors of the International Trumpet Guild. He also has acted as national trumpet chairman for the International Association of Jazz Education for 16 years. He spends a considerable amount of time actively involved in the educational system, conducting clinics and master classes for young musicians all over the world.