Primary Instrument: Guitar
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...
Awards:National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; Meet the Composer grant; New School Recognition of Excellence Award (2006), etc...
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 (nypress.com)
“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).
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New York, NY
New School University Department of Jazz and Contemporary Music: teach Advanced Rhythm classes, lead the rhythm curriculum.
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...