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Slam Stewart

Slam Stewart was a superior swing-oriented bassist whose ability to bow the bass and hum an octave apart made him famous in the jazz world. He had thought of the idea while studying at Boston Conservatory when he heard Ray Perry singing along with his violin.

In 1936, Stewart was with Peanuts Holland's group and the following year he started playing regularly with guitarist/singer/comedian Slim Gaillard in a group logically dubbed “Slim and Slam.” “Flat Foot Floogie” became a huge hit and kept the group working through the early '40s.

After leaving Gaillard, Stewart was in great demand. He played with Art Tatum's trio, was featured on records with the Benny Goodman Sextet, Red Norvo (a famous session with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie), and Lester Young (a classic rendition of “Sometimes I'm Happy”), and led his own group which for a period featured the up-and-coming pianist Erroll Garner.

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Albums

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Shut Yo' Mouth
Savoy Records
1991
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Two Big Mice
Savoy Records
1989
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The Cats Are Swingin'
Savoy Records
1988
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Dialogue
Savoy Records
1979
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Fish Scales
Savoy Records
1975
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Slamboree
Savoy Records
1972
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Videos

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