Shew’s quartet will be playing love songs, but Shew said they’re not all ballads.
“They are tunes thematically on the positive side of love, not love lost, not a broken valentine,” he said.
The Feb. 16 concert in Taos will be one long, 80-minute set, so it will be somewhat shorter than the two-set Albuquerque concert the next day. But both will share many songs.
Shew said Victoria Rogers, who organized the concerts, proposed that the quartet do “My Funny Valentine.”
“Chet Baker owns that tune. I’ve played it so many times. I’ve arranged it in a slow-medium samba. So it’s not the ballad that Chet did,” he said.
|Bobby Shew Quartet
WHEN and WHERE: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Harwood Museum, 238 Ledoux St., Taos; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Bosque Retreat Center, 6400 Coors NW (just past the Sagebrush Church)
HOW MUCH: For the Taos concert, $25 general public, $20 Harwood members in advance at the museum admissions desk or by calling 575-758-9826 or at the door. Tickets for the Albuquerque concert are $23 through Saturday at www.brownpapertickets.com or $25 at the door
Baker, a trumpeter-vocalist, recorded a famous version that borders on a lament.
“What I do with a lot of tunes is personalize them and make them unique so that listeners are interested in them. So people don’t say, ‘Oh, that’s the way everybody does it.'”
Among the other tunes they’ll play include “Laura,” “Tenderly,” “My Foolish Heart” and “The Love Nest.”
That last-mentioned one was the theme song of “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show,” a popular radio and television sitcom in the mid-20th century.
Shew said he likes playing music that not only audiences enjoy but that he does, too.
“I hate to play music they like and I won’t like,” he said.
Joining Shew in Taos will be pianist Bob Fox, drummer Cal Haines and bassist Michael Glynn. At the Albuquerque concert, Jim Ahrend replaces Fox on keyboards.
Shew was recently in Los Angeles playing and conducting in a Los Angeles Jazz Institute festival.