Musical Artist, Vocalist, Spoken Word Artist, Educator, Author
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Drum Legend BILLY HIGGINS: "Stewart is perhaps the most important young artist to come along in decades!"
Amazingly however, Robert Stewart did not even begin to play the saxophone until the age of 17. Born and raised in Oakland, California, basketball had been the primary passion of his youth. His 6ft. 4in. frame, earned him varsity shooting guard status on the Fremont High School basketball team for two years. However, Stewart was struck by divine revelation shortly after graduating from Fremont. While surfing the radio to find a Rap or R&B station, Stewart stumbled upon a traditional jazz piece being performed by a tenor saxophonist who sounded as though he were literally possessed or enraged. The intense pace of the tune was unbelievable. This piece was immediately followed by another of romantic or heavenly qualities, by a different individual; However, playing the very same instrument. These two jazz giants were John Coltrane and Ben Webster. The contrast in mood and timbre of the instrument played by the previously mentioned so overwhelmed Stewart, that he immediately asked his father to purchase a saxophone; Stewart's father happily obliged.
Stewart is COMPLETELY SELF-TAUGHT on the saxophone and music in general. No music schools can claim that they are responsible for his education and musical abilities, whatsoever. He learned the way that many of his elder heroes learned; JAMMING ONSTAGE. Stewart's vast knowledge and performance of early American music styles that compelled the trumpet colossus and living legend WYNTON MARSALIS (whom Stewart first met and played with in a Jam Session in Oakland over a decade ago) to hire him for his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (in which Stewart served a 4 year stint), and purchased a new horn for Stewart to do so. Stewart (whom Wynton has tellingly dubbed: "THE REVEREND") performs with Wynton and orchestra on the Columbia/Sony recordings: They Came To Swing, and the Pulitzer prize winning Blood On The Fields. The latter is a three-hour oratorio featuring Cassandra Wilson and John Hendricks. Stewart has also been filmed with Wynton on the award-winning television program Sessions At West 54th Street, Marsalis On Music (with legendary conductor Segi Ozawa), and the South Bank Series for Bravo Television. Stewart has toured the world with Wynton and has also performed, recorded, or toured with the following:
President Bill Clinton, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Doc Cheatham, Benny Golson, Jimmy Smith, Pharaoh Sanders, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, Billy Higgins, Donald Byrd, Barry Harris, George Coleman, Branford Marsalis, David Murray, Kenny Kirkland, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Bobby Hutcherson, Pony Poindexter, Big Jay McNeely, John Lee Hooker, John Handy, Donald "Duck" Bailey, Freddie Redd, Jon Faddis, Billy Mitchell, Etta Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Ernie Andrews, Eddie Moore, George Cables, Ray Drummond, Chico Freeman, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Roberts, John Hendricks, Les McCann, Cyrus Chestnut, Donald Harrison, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, James Carter, Bobby Watson, Sonny Simmons, Lavay Smith, Jules Broussard, Greg Philingains (Michael Jackson), Terri Lynn Carrington (Arsenio Hall), Lenny Williams (Tower of Power), Felton Pilate (Confunkshun), and many others.
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Hi! thank you for your Friend request; it's so nice to 'meet' you here on the jazz net! I hope you will enjoy my music as I have enjoyed yours! wow, you certainly are amazingl accomplished! Congratulations on your stellar career! love and peace thru music, elaine lucia
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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