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February 24, 2010


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O'Sullivan, "Red"

And, futhermore, Mr. Shew is kind of an hero to us here in Ireland...
He first came with Louie Bellson ('82), but formed lasting and significant relationships here, leading to tours and recordings, festival appearences (one was a quintet with he and Pepper Adams, which I'll never ever forget - I was all of 14 years of age, but siting in the middle of the front row, Wow!; another was his quintet with Charles McPherson, also very incendiary), appearances with Symphony orchestras playing Ellington, clincs, and, most significantly his work with Louis Stewart, and his recording of Jim Doherty's suite "Spondance", for which Louis Stewart travelled to LA to complete the project with Bobby, Gordon Brisker, Bob Shepherd, Billy Mintz, Tom Warrington and other luminaries...
Happy days! Bobby is very very loved here in Ireland!!!!!!!!! He really made an impact and impression that is lasting, and maybe even profound!
(And you should hear that "Spondance" record....for plangancy alone!).

Paul Bogosian

Bobby is one of my true favorites of a trumpet player. A real kind and compassionate person to meet and chat with; I had a few golden moments and conversations with him along with e-mails. He played a gig not far from me here in Philadelphia, at the Cherry Hill Hilton, Cherry Hill, New Jersey with trumpeters Mike Natale (Mike Douglas Show) and Joe Cataldo on each side). It was a Bobby Shew feature with two local trumpeters on each side of him, plus rhythm section. What a great night. He wasvery approachable in the club during the breaks; eventually I got hold of his Metropole CD and still listen to it, to this day. I have not been in touch with him, seen or heard much lately. I hope he is well and still playing his golden trumpet.

Paul Bogosian, Philadelphia,PA

Sonny Hill

Bobby, you already know how I feel about you as a person and as a trumpet player. We've enjoyed having you on four or five occasions here in Mississippi and several more times at LSU in Baton Rouge. I teach about fifty students a week year round, and you can rest assured that they all know who Bobby Shew is. I only wish I could master your "wedge technique" so that I could impart it to my scream desiring students. Stay healthy, my friend. Sonny Hill-- Jackson, Mississippi

Keith Terrett

I met Bobby in 2006 at a Jamey Aebersold jazz Camp and shared a few beers with him

What a beast of a player!

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