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Doc Stewart

Born: November 26, 1960    Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Doc Stewart

Chris “Doc” Stewart, prominent ER Doctor for the Mayo Clinic Hospital, is also a world class technician on the alto saxophone. Having said that, Stewart could well be one of the best jazz saxophonists you will ever hear. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1960, and raised on a farm in Rockford, Stewart was the sixth of nine musical children; everybody in the family played an instrument. Stewart picked up his lifetime instrument, the alto saxophone, when he was just ten. In eighth grade, his family moved to Anaheim, California just three doors down from his future wife. While in high school, Stewart received jazz and classical awards on both the flute and saxophone. Winning a talent contest at Disneyland, gave Stewart the opportunity to be a part of the then vibrant music scene at the Magic Kingdom....
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Discography: 2014 – Code Blue! (Cannonball Jazz CJ2014) Line Up: Doc Stewart, Dan Higgins, Rusty Higgins, Bill Liston, Greg Huckins (reeds); Wayne Bergeron, Dan Fornero, Jeff Bunnell, Ron Stout (trumpet/flugelhorn); Andy Martin, Alex Iles, Scott Kyle, Bill Reichenbach (trombone); Matt Catingub (piano/keyboards); Kevin Axt (bass); Steve Moretti (drums). Arrangements by Matt Catingub & Tom Kubis 2007 – “Now’s The Time” with Royce Murray (Amec Records AMEC0701) Line Up: Doc Stewart (alto saxophone), Royce Murray (Hammond B3), Pete Pancranzi (guitar), Sherman Martin (drums) 2005 – Phoenix “A Tribute to Cannonball Adderley” (Cannonball Jazz CD-04) Line Up: Doc Stewart (alto saxophone), Dan Delaney (piano, Rhodes), Chris Finet (bass), Dom Moio (drums), Luke Pino (tenor saxophone) 2004 – Jazz Christmas Carols (Cannonball Jazz CD-03) Line Up: “Take Two Duo” Doc Stewart (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet), Dan Delaney (piano) 1993 – Things are Swingin’ (Purebred Records PBD-2001) Line Up: Toni Tennille (vocals) with the Matt Catingub Big Band, Doc Stewart (lead alto) 1993 – Toni Tennille Sings Big Band (Honest Entertainment 8560510001019) Line Up: Toni Tennille (vocals) with the Matt Catingub Big Band, Doc Stewart (lead alto) 1990 – I’m Getting Cement All Over You Ewe (Sea Breeze Records CDSB-111) Line Up: Matt Catingub Big Band, Doc Stewart (lead alto) 1986 – Hi Tech Big Band (Sea Breeze Records CDSB-2025) Line Up: Matt Catingub Big Band, Doc Stewart (lead alto) 1985 – Good Vibes – The Chris Stewart Quartet Chris Stewart plays with his Quartet from the early eighties before medical school. Recorded at Matt Catingub’s Woodshed Studio in Van Nuys, California. A fairly low quality recording with some priceless moments. 1984 – Your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band (Reference Recordings RR-14CD) Line Up: Matt Catingub Big Band, Doc Stewart (lead alto) 1983 – My Mommy and Me The Matt Catingub Big Band (Sea Breeze Records CDSB-2013) Line Up: Matt Catingub Big Band, Doc Stewart (tenor) 1980 – The Chris Stewart Quintet Chris Stewart and Mike Fahn were inseparable as teens. Recorded in 1980 at Dynasty Studios in Long Beach, California. A fairly low quality recording, but there are some priceless moments. Chris was ill for the sessions, but these recordings remain available because everyone else is burning. Pat a Tucci on the Back is a tune written by Tom Kubis for the session featuring John Patitucci on bass.

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