Bobby Shew Comes To Bristol

March 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Bristol has had some great trumpet players visit this city and the treat this year was Bobby Shew at The Bristol Jazz and Blues festival. I sat in on his trumpet workshop which was well attended. I am sure that Andy Hague, Nick Malcolm and Jonny Bruce (some of Bristol’s finest) who sat in the front row would agree that Bobby was generous, gracious, hilarious and gave a wealth of information.. Bobby toured the UK for 15 days and although he must have been shattered he encouraged Bristol’s finest Big Band, on his last gig here, to play several more “last songs”. He kept going while the younger ones were no doubt flagging. Bobby met the expectation for higher, louder, faster but I loved the gentle sweet sound that came from his flugel horn. I was pleased to have a couple of minutes with him after his workshop for this picture…he was tired and it shows but what a privilege to have yet another legend visit the festival.


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