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EAC Jazz Ensemble presents concert with world renowned guest artist Bobby Shew

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EAC Jazz Ensemble presents concert with world renowned guest artist Bobby Shew

By Jeanné Schaser

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Jazz Ensemble presents its Spring 2010 concert, entitled “An Evening of Jazz,” on Friday, April 16, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the EAC Fine Arts Auditorium. The concert is free to the public and will feature world renowned trumpet player Bobby Shew.

“Shew began playing trumpet when he was 10, and has had a long and illustrious career,” says EAC’s Director of Bands, Geoff DeSpain. “He has played with the NORAD multi-service band, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Woody Herman’s band, Buddy Rich, and Maynard Fergueson, to name a few.”

He has also released several of his own albums, which have received very high accolades from critics and high placement on the airplay charts. One of his albums, “Outstanding In His Field” was nominated for a Grammy in 1980, while “Heavy Company” was awarded the Jazz Album of the Year in 1983.

Shew has done a great deal of studio work, including TV shows like “Hawaii Five-O,” “Streets Of San Francisco,” “Bob Newhart,” “Mary Tyler Moore,” “Midnight Specials,” “Don Kirschner Rock Concert,” “Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley,” and “Eight Is Enough.” His work on soundtracks includes Grease I and II, Rocky I and II, Six-Pack, The Muppet Movie, The Drivers, and Taxi.

In addition to a busy performing and private teaching schedule, Shew spends a considerable amount of time actively involved in the educational system, conducting clinics and master classes at high schools and college campuses all over the world. He has also been active on the board of directors of the International Trumpet Guild, and has acted as National Trumpet Chairman for the International Association of Jazz Educators for 16 years. During a period of traveling to New Zealand, Bobby acted as host for a weekly TV show entitled “Just Jazz” and has been in numerous artist-in-residence programs all over the world.

“We are very lucky to have Shew come and perform with us,” says DeSpain. “He is a fine musician and we look forward to working with him and having him as a guest artist for our Jazz show.”

For more information about this event, contact DeSpain at (928) 428-8465.