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Bill Stewart

Bill Stewart

1966 -

Origin: United States

Main instrument: Drums/percussion

Genre: Jazz

Born in 1966 in Des Moines, percussionist Bill Stewart was made famous for laying down rhythm alongside guitarist John Scofield from 1990 to 1995. A self-taught drummer as well as an inspired pianist, Stewart got his musical start in his teens, joining bands in high school, and later in the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Raised on his parents’ jazz and R&B record collection–a rare commodity in Iowa of the ’70s–he pursued his musical studies at college in Wayne, New Jersey, where he met Dave Samuels, Rufus Reid, Harold Mabern and Joe Lovano. In that era, he made his first recordings with saxophonist Scott Kreitzer and pianist Armen Donelian. After graduating in 1988, he moved to Brooklyn, soon forging his reputation through word-of-mouth and playing in jam sessions. He played his first concerts with the Larry Goldings trio and recorded with Maceo Parker before being invited to join Scofield’s group alongside Joe Lovano. With Lovano, Bill Stewart would go on to make his first two albums as a bandleader: Think Before You Think, also featuring Dave Holland on bass and Marc Copland on piano, and Snide Remarks (Blue Note, 1995) with pianist Bill Carrothers, trumpeter Eddie Henderson and bassist Larry Grenadier. His discography includes Telepathy (1997), Keynote Speakers (2005) and Incandescence (2008). A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, he is now considered one of the most influential drummers around and has played with a wide range of musicians including Pat Metheny, James Brown, Chris Potter, Michael Brecker and Peter Bernstein.


  • Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein et Bill Stewart

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