Dizzy from Jazz
UNM professor Glenn Kostur takes up the baton Thursday, Nov. 2, helming the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra and world-renowned trumpeter—and local resident—Bobby Shew for the Dizzy Gillespie Centennial Tribute concert. Shew's had a long and lauded career among jazz greats including stints in Benny Goodman's band, as well as work as a sideman in ensembles led by Art Pepper and Bud Shank. A powerful soloist, Shew says Gillespie's skills as a trumpet player “far exceeded what players were able to do back in his early days on the scene … he and Charlie Parker took the challenge of spontaneous creative skills to another level with their development of a style called bebop. In addition, Dizzy and Cuban congero Chano Pozo were basically the first to merge Latin music with jazz, thereby developing what is now known as Afro-Cubano. Dizzy is also know for his prolific skills as a composer. A multitude of his tunes are jazz standards which are played by almost every jazz musician, worldwide." Come hear this wondrous musical history brought to life at one of the city's premier jazz outfits Outpost Performance Space for only $25-$30. (August March)
Thursday Nov 2, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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World renowned trumpeter Bobby Shew performs the music of Dizzy Gillespie with The Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra.
World renowned trumpeter, Bobby Shew, who makes his home in Albuquerque and continues to perform both worldwide as well as locally, pays tribute to the legendary, Dizzy Gillespie whom he describes as "a great jazz musician, mentor, friend, and godfather to my daughter." He goes on to say, "If you had to pick the top 5 jazz musicians of all time, Dizzy Gillespie would certainly be on that list. His skills as a trumpet player far exceeded what players were able to do back in his early days on the scene. Most prominently, he and Charlie Parker took the challenge of spontaneous creative skills to another level with their development of a style called bebop. In addition, Dizzy along with Cuban congero Chano Pozo were basically the first to merge latin music with jazz and thereby developed what is now know as Afro-Cubano. Dizzy is also know for his prolific skills as a composer. So many of his tunes are jazz standards, played by almost every jazz musician, worldwide." Bobby Shew, has recorded with the elite of the jazz world for more than five decades. Born and raised in Albuquerque, he left for Colorado Springs and then moved to Las Vegas and later Los Angeles playing in the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Terry Gibbs, Louie Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Buddy Rich. After settling in Los Angeles, he did extensive studio work as well as playing with a variety of jazz combos including Art Pepper, Bud Shank, and Frank Rosolino and also led his own highly successful group for many years. A multi Grammy Award Nominee, he was inducted into the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for The International Trumpet Guild, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award for Jazz Education by the JEN group and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Elmhurst College in Illinois. Tonight, Shew is accompanied in this very special concert by the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra who have become a highly respected and popular band in our community. The AJO is directed bysaxophonist and UNM Director of Jazz Studies, Glenn Kostur.