ISU hosts Jazzfest Feb. 18

February 10 2006

Indiana State University will host a day of jazz Feb. 18 with performances by 29 middle and high school jazz bands; the ISU Jazz Ensemble and guest artist Bobby Shew.

The 32nd annual Jazzfest will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. as groups take the stage in Tilson Auditorium and the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Room 159. Bands and combos from Terre Haute, Crown Point, Bloomington, Valparaiso and Kokomo are scheduled to participate.

There will be a clinic featuring Shew at 12:15 p.m. followed by a midday concert featuring ISU's Jazz Ensemble with Shew at 1 p.m. in Tilson Auditorium. A concert by the Bobby Shew Quartet will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

Shew, a Yamaha artist, began playing the guitar at the age of eight and switched to the trumpet at ten. By the time he was thirteen he was playing at local dances with a number of bands and by fifteen had put together his own group to play at dances, occasional concerts and in jazz coffee houses. He spent most of his high school days playing as many as six nights a week in a dinner club, ump starting his professional career.

Early in his career, Shew played lead trumpet for a number of pop stars. This took him to Las Vegas where he became prominent in various hotels and casinos. Shew became better known for his strong lead playing rather than as a jazz soloist. So late in 1972 he decided to make a move to the Los Angeles area in order to concentrate on being a jazz player.

In Los Angeles, he spent time with the groups of Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Horace Silver Quintet, and Frank Strazzeri-Sam Most, as well as numerous big bands such as Bill Holman, Louie Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin, Oliver Nelson, Bill Berry, Nat Pierce-Frank Capp Juggernaut, Ed Shaughnessy, Terry Gibbs, Benny Goodman, Maynard Ferguson, Neal Hefti, Don Menza, and Bob Florence.

During this time Shew also found a great deal of studio work, including TV shows like 'Hawaii 5-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'.

The clinic and midday concert are free. Admission to the evening concert is $6 for adults and $3 for ISU students with a valid student ID.

The festival is organized by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity. For more information, call the department of music at (812) 237-2771.

Contact: John Spicknall, ISU Music Department, (812) 237-2754

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or


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