Bob Stewart (musician)

Bob Stewart (born February 3, 1945 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota), is an American jazz tuba player.[1][2] He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and his Masters in Education from Lehman College Graduate School.[2] Stewart taught music in Pennsylvania public schools and at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City.[1] He is now a professor at the Juilliard School and is a "Distinguished Lecturer" at Lehman College.[2]

Bob Stewart
Stewart playing in New York City
Background information
Born (1945-02-03) February 3, 1945
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.

Stewart has toured and recorded with such artists as Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Carla Bley, Muhal Richard Abrams, David Murray, Taj Mahal, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Don Cherry, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Haden, Lester Bowie, Bill Frisell and many others in the United States, Europe, and the Far East.[2]

He was a frequent collaborator with saxophonist Arthur Blythe from the 1970s into the early 2000s, often taking the place of the string bass that traditionally supports a jazz ensemble. In their review of Blythe's album Lenox Avenue Breakdown, the editors of The Penguin Guide to Jazz called Stewart's title track solo "one of the few genuinely important tuba statements in jazz."[3]


As leader

As sideman

With Ray Anderson

With Arthur Blythe

With Henry Butler

With Uri Caine

With Don Cherry

With Gil Evans

With Dizzy Gillespie and Machito

With Chris Joris

  • Songs For Mbizo (VKH Tonesetters, 1991 and Jazz Halo/Omnitone, 2002) – with 1976 recordings[4]

With David Murray

With Charles Mingus

With Sam Rivers

With Herb Robertson


  1. Wynn, Ron (1994). All Music Guide to Jazz. San Francisco: Miller Freeman. p. 602. ISBN 0-87930-308-5.
  2. "Bob Stewart" (Flash). JazzCorner. Retrieved June 1, 2008.
  3. Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 139. ISBN 0-14-102327-9.
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