Jazz Weekend to feature Bobby Shew, CMU Jazz Lab students
World class jazz-trumpeter Bobby Shew will be coming to Central Michigan University for this year's Jazz Weekend starting Feb. 9.
Every year, Phi Mu Alpha and the CMU School of Music bring in a national act to perform and teach.
The weekend's events kick off with the faculty jazz combo concert starting at 8 p.m. on Feb. 9 in the Music Building's Staples Family Concert Hall, led by Professor Rob Smith, director of Jazz Studies at CMU. Shew will be giving a clinic at noon on Friday in Staples, which is free and open to the public.
Various other groups will perform in Warriner Hall's Plachta Auditorium, leading up to the main concert featuring Shew, who will be backed by Jazz Lab I, a jazz band at CMU. After the concert, there will be a jam session at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1904 S. Mission St.
"Bobby Shew is regarded as one of the most influential, famous jazz trumpeters of all time," said Portland junior Matt Sumner, who plays lead trumpet in Jazz Lab I. "He played with the Woody Herman and Buddy Rich big bands. He played with everybody, really."
Sumner said Shew has also worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles, and even created his own instrument and line of custom trumpet mouthpieces.
"He’s getting up there in age, but his chops are still on fire. He’s the kind of guy that’s all about education and the art form, and teaching students about jazz. He’s just a really nice guy and a killer player," he said.
Darren Sowards, a Constantine senior, said the entire weekend will be a good learning experience.
"I’m pretty excited for it," he said. "It’s always fun to hear well-known, renowned artists playing"