biografía en castellano
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 placed 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. Stewart considers Mover to be one of his greatest teachers and among his strongest influences along with Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Don Byas, and Lester Young.
Since moving to New York City at the age of 19, Stewart has studied with such masters as Donald Byrd, Barry Harris, and Joe Lovano, and performed with Curtis Fuller, John Hendricks, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Bill Charlap, Frank Gant, Dan Barret, Bob Mover, Brad Mehldau, Russell Malone, Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Jimmy Cobb, Harry Connick, Mickey Roker, Arthur Harper, Jimmy Lovelace, Cecil Payne, Dick Hyman, Herb Geller and was a member of the last Al Grey Sextet. Stewart can be found playing at such clubs in NY as Birdland, Smoke, The Ketano, The Jazz Standard, Fat Cat and can be heard every Tuesday night at Smalls Jazz Club. Stewart has performed all over North America and Europe as well as in Japan, Brazil and Taiwan. He was also one of the first jazz artists to be invited to play at the historical Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition Grant was a featured artist at the Guggenheim Museums’ Jazz series with his trio including drum legend Jimmy Cobb.
Stewart has eight recordings as a leader on various labels, two as a co-leader with fellow tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander on the Criss Cross label and many others as a sideman. His latest releases are The Shadow of Your Smile on Birds Records (Japan), In the Still of the Night and Young at Heart (2008) on Sharp Nine Records.
The critics are saying:
Powerful in a form that combines tension and relaxation like that of Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon, Grant is one of the most powerful stylists and one of the most under estimated on the scene. His sincerity, demonstrated in his straightforward, honed music, affirms completely his power of expression. He is a burning representative of that New York style which is notably found to express itself at Smalls, Mitch Borden’s club. Working with a close-knit circle of musicians he frequents the aristocracy of jazz at the limits of the underground.
—Jazz Hot Magazine
His huge sound, creativity and beautiful melodic sense combine to easily place him among the finest saxophonists on the scene today.
Stewart’s tenor is tight, rich and played full tone, instantly enveloping you in the sheer strength of his sound.
Staying away from established phrases and creating a researched personal sound, he produces a fresh resounding tenor.
Stewart is one of the most dynamic modern day interpreters of the bebop language—delivering his goods with a bold,deep sound, rich melodic imagination, and flawless technique.
—Newark Star Ledger
A pure jazzman- the real thing.
An imposing presence, a warmth of sound, an authority of expression, a force in the lines, and an inspiration that carries his phrases to their full extent.
He has such an individual sound that he never gives the impression of reciting the lessons of his models.