|Tags:||latin jazz trumpet instrumental latin jazz latino salsa mambo latinjazz salsa dura coreos under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Robert Joratz, 4 March 1941, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Shew taught himself to play trumpet and was playing semi-professionally as he entered his teens. During military service he decided to make music his career and in 1964, soon after his discharge, became a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The following year he moved on to Woody Herman, then Buddy Rich, and thereafter took a succession of jobs with bands in hotels and casinos in Las Vegas. In the early 70s he settled in Los Angeles, playing in the studios but also working jazz gigs, including a sustained period with the Toshiko Akiyoshi / Lew Tabackin big band. His spell with the band produced many fine albums, notablyKogun (1974), Tales Of A Courtesan (1975) andInsights (1976). Also during the 70s he played in many Los Angeles-based rehearsal bands, including Don Menzas and Juggernaut. He played, too, in small groups, as well as teaching privately and directing clinics and workshops.