Rory Stuart

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Rory Stuart

Rory Stuart is an innovative jazz guitarist and composer, with a mature modern style. He's been critically acclaimed as one of the foremost young musicians of the decade. Stuart has a healthy respect for the jazz tradition. Largely self-taught, he's benefited from an ongoing exchange of musical ideas with his long-time friend Tuck Andress, and studied briefly but intensively with excellent “guitarist's guitarist” Dave Creamer. He cites John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Wayne Shorter as influences; yet his style is uniquely his own. Described in JAZZ TIMES as “perhaps THE most innovative straight-ahead jazz guitarist to emerge in years,” his two previous recordings as leader of a quartet have both received 4 star reviews in DOWNBEAT and been voted in the 10 best of the year in CODA...
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National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; Meet the Composer grant; New School Recognition of Excellence Award (2006), etc...
”Rory Stuart is an exciting young player who absorbed the legacy of Lester Young and who's kept an ear open to John Coltrane.” -Downbeat

“One of the best young players in town.” -Village Voice

“Rory Stuart plays clean, carefully developed lines that never allow heat to submerge continuity.” -Boston Phoenix

“A promising young guitarist swings mightily backed by an outstanding rhythm section.” -Billboard

“... a young guitarist with a bristling tone and an intelligent approach to harmony..” -Philadelphia Inquirer

“One of the most exciting bebop-oriented guitarists to emerge in recent memory ...embracing the daring, innovation, purity, and freedom associated with the work of legends such as John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis.” -Guitar Player Magazine

“Strong fluent soloist...” -New York Times

“Intimate music full of energy and intelligence” -Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 2nd edition

“perhaps THE most innovative straight-ahead jazz guitarist to emerge in years…” -Jazz Times

“Rory Stuart is one of the freshest new guitarists in jazz. He has a full sound with a long lean style of playing. His quartet has the energetic flow of the Coltrane quartet. Rory Stuart knows the tradition even while pushing most broadly out from that tradition.” -Coda

“Virtuoso guitarist” -Jazz Times, 2002

“Rory Stuart is equally impressive as both an accompanist and soloist...Stuart is a confident player who really emerges as an individual among the horde of copycats, overplayers and uninspired practitioners.” ” Cadence, August 2002

“Mr. Stuart is a guitarist with a lithe and harmonically literate style” “ New York Times, 2005

“Innovative, straight-ahead jazz guitar a contradiction no longer” “ New York Press 2006 (

“rhythmic acrobats … tricky unison lines and extended, explorative solos… Combining the old and the new, and mixing it up just right” “ Mark F. Turner “All About Jazz” (March 2008).

As a leader or co-leader: The Rory Stuart Quartet – “So Rise Up” (SmartCatMusic 1001) w/ Mark Shim, Matt Penman, Ari Hoenig The Rory Stuart Quartet - "Hurricane" (Sunnyside Communications SSC 1021) w/ Keith Copeland, Anthony Cox, Armen Donelian. The Rory Stuart Quartet - "Nightwork" (Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1016) w/ Keith Copeland, Calvin Hill, Armen Donelian The Cadence All Stars- "Lee's Keys Please" (Timeless SJP 284) w/ Glenn Wilson, Ernie Krivda, Alan Simon, Jeff Halsey, Jon Hazilla Glenn Wilson/Rory Stuart- "Bittersweet" (Sunnyside Communications SSC 1057D) As a Side Musician: The Glenn Wilson Quintet - "Blue Porpoise Avenue" w/ Marc Copland, Jay Anderson, Jeff Hirshfield (Sunnyside SSC 1074D) Sophie Duner – “The Rain in Spain “ (CIMP 341) w/ Matt Penman, Khalil Kwame Bell Ivo Perelman Trio with Rory Stuart- "Revelation" w/ Dominic Duval and Jay Rosen (Creative Improvised Music Projects CIMP 134) Noreen Sauls/Earl Sauls/Tim Pleasant- "Think Positive" (Shanti Records GV1001) Alan Simon- "The Present" (Whispering Pines Records WP120649CD) Transvalue- "Book II (Teapot in a Tempest)" (Thankyou records MV005) w/ Michael Vlatkovich, Charles Britt, Vinny Golia, etc... The Errol Parker Tentet (Sahara Records 1013) w/ Doug Harris, Steve Coleman, Zane Massey, Stanton Davis, Malachi Thompson, etc.... The Errol Parker Tentet- "Live at Wollman Auditorium" (Sahara Records 1014) w/ Wallace Roney, Steve Coleman, Doug Harris, Bill Saxton, Robin Eubanks, Patience Higgins, Kevin Harris. The Michael Vlatkovich Ensemble- "Collective Thought" (Thankyou Records MV006) w/ Michael Vlatkovich, Jay Hutson, etc... Corina Bartra - "Corina Bartra Quartet" (Blue Spiral 002) w/ Kirk Lightsey, Santi Debriano, Clifford Barbaro, Pucho Salas Pucci Amanda Jhones - "Wild is the Wind" (CIMP 170) w/ Casey Benjamin, Hill Greene, Wade Barnes T.J. Graham w/ Rory Stuart – “Standards & Insights” (CIMP 252) As a composer only: Tuck & Patti - "Lembrancas" on "Paradise Found" (Windham Hill 01934-11336-2/4) w/ guests Mark Miller and David Frazier Glenn Wilson - "Sweet Thing" on One Man's Blues (Sunnyside 1087D) w/ Steve Kessler, Jim Masters, Tony Martucci The Francis Vanek Quartet- "Redwood Range" (title tune) (Valentine 1952) w/ Geoff Lee, Phil Sparks, Chris Lee. Michio Imazato - "Sweet Thing" on "Gentle Rose" (What’s New WN1009) w/ John Ellis, Andrew Adair, Kengo Nakamura, Sebastian Dekrom U. of I Concert Jazz Band Directed by Chip McNeill– “Get Here Sooner” and “The Forest” on “Get Here Sooner (School@University of Illinois Music – SuoIM – no #)

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New York, NY

New School University Department of Jazz and Contemporary Music: teach Advanced Rhythm classes, lead the rhythm curriculum.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
2005-2008 Veneto Jazz (Bassano Italy) 2008 Kazakhstan (Astana and Almaty) 2007, 2001 IAJE clinics at annual convention 2007-2008 Korea Jazz Festival and Workshop also clinics at JazzNights/Langnau (Switzerland), Jazz Outreach (Austria), Berkelee College of Music, across the USA, etc...

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