The Bobby Shew Big Band – ‘My Friend Dizzy’

Veteran trumpeter Bobby Shew has shared the stage with many a musical legend over the years but none are more dear to him than old friend, trumpet genius and co-founder of the bebop style, Dizzy Gillespie.

Born John Birks Gillespie in Cheraw, South Carolina, 1917, Dizzy would have been 100 this year. To mark the centenary of his birth and to honour the enormous contribution he made to popular culture in his lifetime, Shew will join Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival Artistic Director Denny Ilett and the Bruce/Ilett Big Band for a concert celebrating the man that set the standard for jazz improvisation in the 1940’s.

As a fellow trumpeter and friend, Shew was close to Dizzy both on and off the bandstand. Come and see this master at work as he plays from the best of the Dizzy songbook in heartfelt tribute to the man and the music that changed the face of the world.