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Trumpeter organizes tribute concert

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Jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew and his quartet will tip their hats to jazz greats in a concert on Saturday in Corrales. (Richard Pipes/Albuquerque Journal)

Jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew and his quartet will tip their hats to jazz greats in a concert on Saturday in Corrales. (Richard Pipes/Albuquerque Journal)

Bobby Shew wanted to tip his hat to the history of jazz trumpeters. So he’s organized a concert program that’s a tribute to some of the most famous ones, trumpeters like Louis Armstrong, Harry James and Dizzy Gillespie.

The Music in Corrales concert is Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church.

“Of course they’re also influences for me,” Shew, a Corrales resident and longtime trumpeter, said of the more than a dozen trumpeters being honored.

He thinks the same lineup of trumpeters have influenced many other players over the years.

The program opens with “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue,” which is associated with Louis Armstrong.

“It’s so hard to choose (a song) because Armstrong recorded so many thousands of tunes and made everything he did so popular,” Shew said.

Shew’s quartet will perform “Ciribiribin,” which was the theme song of James’ big band, and “A Night in Tunisia,” which is perhaps Gillespie’s signature song.

He said he wants the audience to enjoy the musical selections and also be able to recognize the individual tunes.

“Both of those things go together sometimes. I’m the eternal teacher, so I try to educate the audience a little bit,” Shew added.

Shew, an Albuquerque native, played with the Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman and Buddy Rich big bands early in his career. He played alongside – and roomed with – trumpeter Charlie Shavers when they were in the Dorsey band. Shavers is also a concert honoree. A swing era musician, Shavers also was an arranger and composer. He wrote the jazz standard “Undecided.”

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