Trumpeter, pianist, arranger and composer Tommy Stewart was born on November 19th, 1939. His mother, a songwriter, vocalist and choir conductor, set him on a musical path and at the age of 10 he was in his High School marching band. He was even voted “most musical” by classmates at graduation time. Stewart taught music as a band director while performing and arranging outside of class. In 1964 he played with Fred Wesley and members of the 55th Army band. He wrote and composed for TV and played with Blue Note recording artist Duke Pearson.
Tommy Stewart is best described as a quintessential musician. This description is evidenced by his impressive musical career, which has spanned over 40 years. As a teenager, Stewart studied with the legendary “Fess” Whately. Later, he attended Alabama State University, where he served as the leader of the well-known Alabama State Collegians. Stewart also attended Alabama A & M University and the Eastman School of Music.