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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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Awards

National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; Meet the Composer grant; New School Recognition of Excellence Award (2006), etc...
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    So Rise Up

    Smart Cat Music
    2008
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So Rise Up

SmartCatMusic (2008)

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”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...

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Primary InstrumentGuitar

LocationNew York, NY

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

Clinic/Workshop Information2005-2008 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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