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).

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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...

Eclipse Guitar custom-made by master luthier John Monteleone

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