Robert Shew (born March 4, 1941) is an American jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player.
After leaving college in 1960, Shew was drafted into the U.S. Army and played trumpet with the NORAD band in Colorado Springs and on tour. After leaving the Army, Shew joined Tommy Dorsey's band and then played with the Woody Herman and then the Buddy Rich Big Bands in the mid-to-late 1960s. In 1972 Shew moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles where he did much studio work as well as play with some of the top big bands of the era through the end of the 1970s: Akiyoshi/Tabackin; Bellson; Ferguson; and others. In addition to playing on several notable Big Band recordings starting in the 1960s, Shew recorded several albums as leader starting with 1978's Telepathy.
Shew is now living near Albuquerque, NM. where he has spent time mentoring jazz musicians in the area and leading the local Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra. Additionally, Shew is a member of the faculty at the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute, a 2-week residential jazz workshop primarily for high school students, located in Saratoga Springs, NY.