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Born in Toronto, Canada on June 4, 1971, Grant Stewart was exposed to the music of Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray and Coleman Hawkins by his father, a high-school English teacher and semiprofessional guitarist. Father and son often played together for hours on end. It was through these early experiences and his father's encouragement that Stewart first developed a strong ear for melody, style, and improvisation. He began with the alto saxophone at age 10, and when he was 14 his first teacher, noted Toronto bandleader Pete Schofield, invited him to play professionally in Schofield's Big Band. At 17 he switched to the tenor saxophone and was soon playing with such master saxophonists as Pat Labarbara and Bob Mover

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Article: Radio

Derrick Gardner, Logan Richardson & Barry Harris

Read "Derrick Gardner, Logan Richardson & Barry Harris" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start with a track off of big band director's Derrick Gardner 2020 album Still I Rise. We add some Kansas City spice with Charlie Parker and stellar saxophonist Logan Richardson with music from his Afrofuturism (Whirlwind Recordings, 2021) release. We also take a look at the new work from Matt Moran, Adam Shulman and Grant ...

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Blue Heaven

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2019

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Article: Catching Up With

Michael Weiss: Soul Journey

Read "Michael Weiss: Soul Journey" reviewed by Luke Seabright


Bebop is a complex craft, and like all crafts the only way to get any good at it is by learning from those who mastered it before you. Jamming through the night, getting on to that bandstand and firing away your best improvised lines, jousting with your partners (be they friends or strangers) like in the ...

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Article: In Pictures

23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Third Night)

Read "23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Third Night)" reviewed by Pablo Reyes


For its third night on Saturday, January 5, the 23rd Punta del Este Jazz Festival in Uruguay featured Johnny O'Neal's trío with an homage to Joe Williams. The trio of bassist Mark Lewandowski, drummer Itay Morchi, and pianist/singer O'Neal also welcomed special guest Grant Stewart on tenor saxophone. Pianist Benny Green's trio with bassist David Wong ...

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Article: In Pictures

23th Punta del Este Jazz in Uruguay (First Night)

Read "23th Punta del Este Jazz in Uruguay (First Night)" reviewed by Pablo Reyes


Photographs from the first night of the 23rd version of the Jazz Festival of Punta del Este in Uruguay. Performances by Amigos de El Sosiego (The Music of Lee Morgan) with David Feldman: piano; Popo Romano: double bass; Pipi Piazzolla: drums; Nicolás Mora: guitar; Diego Urcola: trumpet with Alex Brown: violin; Jessé Sadoc: trumpet. The Al ...

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Article: Album Review

Sam Dillon: Out in the Open

Read "Out in the Open" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One thing that must be said for Cory Weeds, the head man at Canada's Cellar Live Records: he knows talent when he sees and hears it. Tenor saxophonist Sam Dillon, who leads an excellent quartet on Out in the Open, his debut recording for Cellar Live, is a case in point. While Dillon is essentially unknown ...

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Article: Album Review

Salvo Losappio: Long Story Short

Read "Long Story Short" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although Long Story Short is an entirely appropriate title for Italian-born tenor saxophonist Salvo Losappio's debut CD as leader, as its playing time is a lean LP-like thirty-eight minutes, Rush Job might have been an even better one. Losappio's name and face adorn the front cover of the album, which names his four sidemen but does ...

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Article: Album Review

Introducing Phil Stewart: Melodious Drum

Read "Melodious Drum" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Cellar Live Records continues its run of admirable mainstream albums with Melodious Drum, Canadian-born and New York City-based Phil Stewart's debut as leader of his own groups, which range from trio to sextet. It's an interesting title, as Stewart's drums may be congenial but aren't melodious in the manner of, say, Jeff Hamilton, Ed Thigpen, Shelly ...

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Article: Album Review

The Scott Hamilton Trio: Live at Pyatt Hall

Read "Live at Pyatt Hall" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Even though the Swing Era vanished long ago into the mists of time, likely never to return, it continues to have its champions, especially on the tenor saxophone: masters such as Harry Allen, Ken Peplowski, Grant Stewart, Cory Weeds (who owns the Cellar Live label and produced this splendid album) and last but by no means ...


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