Born: February 3, 1945 Primary Instrument: Tuba
Bob Stewart is a freelance concert artist, educator, and studio musician. Mr. Stewart has received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and his Masters in Education at Lehman College Graduate School. He also teaches privately and has been involved with public education for over twenty years. He is now teaching at the Juilliard School and is a Distinguished Lecturer at Lehman College.
Bob has toured and recorded with such artists as Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Carla Bley, David Murray, Taj Mahal, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Arthur Blythe, Freddie Hubbard, Don Cherry, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Haden and many others both in the United States, Europe and the Far East. The Tuba, as you know, was phased out of most ensembles around 1923 with the introduction of the walking upright bass. Since then it has only been in the last 20 years that composers and arrangers have begun hearing the instrument. As a result, there are more instances in which the Tuba appears in ensemble work.
Bob Stewart is bridging the gap between 1923 and the present by bringing the Tuba back into the modern ensemble as the bass in the rhythm section and as a horn available for melodic lines and soloing.