Slam Stewart

Real Name:
Leroy Eliot Stewart
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American jazz bassist
born 21 September 1914 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA
died 10 December 1987 in Binghamton, New York, USA

The trademark of Stewart's style was his ability to bow the bass (arco) and simultaneously hum or sing an octave higher. He was originally a violin player before switching to bass at the age of 20.
While attending the Boston Conservatory, he heard Ray Perry singing along with his violin. This gave him the inspiration to follow suit with his bass. In 1937 Stewart teamed with Slim Gaillard to form the novelty jazz act Slim And Slam. The duo's biggest hit was "Flat Foot Floogie (With A Floy Floy)" in 1938.
Stewart found regular session work throughout the 1940s with Lester Young, Fats Waller, Coleman Hawkins, Art Tatum, Johnny Guarnieri, Red Norvo, Don Byas, the Benny Goodman Sextet, and Beryl Booker, among others. One of the most famous sessions he played on took place in 1945, when Stewart played with Dizzy Gillespie's group (which featured Charlie Parker). Out of those sessions came some of the classics of bebop such as "Groovin' High" and "Dizzy Atmosphere".
Throughout the rest of his career, Stewart worked regularly and employed his unique and enjoyable bass-playing style.
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Albums

903 Slam Stewart - Red Norvo's Fabulous Jam Session album art Red Norvo, Flip Phillips, Teddy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Slam Stewart Red Norvo, Flip Phillips, Teddy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Slam Stewart - Red Norvo's Fabulous Jam Session(LP, Album, Mono) Dial Records (3) 903 US 1951 Sell This Version
MG-12067 Slam Stewart - Bowin' Singin' Slam album art Slam Stewart Bowin' Singin' Slam (Album) Savoy Records MG-12067 Canada 1956 Sell This Version
UAJ 14025 Slam Stewart - Jazz, Joy And Happiness album art Rose Murphy Featuring Slam Stewart Rose Murphy Featuring Slam Stewart - Jazz, Joy And Happiness (Album) United Artists Jazz UAJ 14025 US 1962 Sell This Version
B/A 1000 Slam Stewart - Jazz, Joy And Happiness album art Rose Murphy Featuring Slam Stewart Rose Murphy Featuring Slam Stewart - Jazz, Joy And Happiness(LP, Album) Big A Records B/A 1000 US 1962 Sell This Version
33.027 Slam Stewart - Slam Stewart Featuring Milt Buckner And Jo Jones album art Slam Stewart Slam Stewart Featuring Milt Buckner And Jo Jones (Album) Black And Blue 33.027 France 1971 Sell This Version
ORI 203 Slam Stewart - 52nd Street; Volume 1 album art Tony Scott (2) / Slam Stewart / Don Byas / Sid Catlett* Tony Scott (2) / Slam Stewart / Don Byas / Sid Catlett* - 52nd Street; Volume 1(LP, Comp, Mono) Onyx Records (3) ORI 203 US 1972 Sell This Version
33.049 Slam Stewart - Slamboree album art Slam Stewart Slamboree (Album) Black And Blue 33.049 France 1973 Sell This Version
HMC 5003 Slam Stewart - Town Hall Concert Vol. 3 album art Don Byas, Slam Stewart, Teddy Wilson, Flip Phillips Don Byas, Slam Stewart, Teddy Wilson, Flip Phillips - Town Hall Concert Vol. 3 London Records HMC 5003 UK 1974 Sell This Version
33.109 Slam Stewart - Fish Scales album art Slam Stewart Fish Scales (Album, Comp) Black And Blue 33.109 France 1975 Sell This Version
33 400 Slam Stewart - Calmos (Musique Originale Du Film) album art Georges Delerue & Slam Stewart Georges Delerue & Slam Stewart - Calmos (Musique Originale Du Film)(LP, Album) Black And Blue 33 400 France 1975 Sell This Version
33.124 Slam Stewart - Two Big Mice album art Slam Stewart - Major Holley Slam Stewart - Major Holley - Two Big Mice (Album) Black And Blue 33.124 France 1977 Sell This Version
ST-201, ST 201 Slam Stewart - Dialogue album art Slam Stewart And Bucky Pizzarelli Slam Stewart And Bucky Pizzarelli - Dialogue (Album) Stash Records Inc., Stash Records Inc. ST-201, ST 201 US 1978 Sell This Version
CGJ-43 Slam Stewart - I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 43 album art Stéphane Grappelli, Johnny Guarnieri, Jimmy Shirley, Slam Stewart, Jackie Williams (2) Stéphane Grappelli, Johnny Guarnieri, Jimmy Shirley, Slam Stewart, Jackie Williams (2) - I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 43 (Comp, Album) Sarpe CGJ-43 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
SJP 185/186 Slam Stewart - Timeless & Just Jazz International Present Swingin' The Forties With The Great Eight - Live From The Berlin Philharmonie album art Teddy Wilson, Red Norvo, Buddy Tate, Slam Stewart, Billy Butterfield, Tal Farlow, Johnny Mince, Sam Woodyard Teddy Wilson, Red Norvo, Buddy Tate, Slam Stewart, Billy Butterfield, Tal Farlow, Johnny Mince, Sam Woodyard - Timeless & Just Jazz International Present Swingin' The Forties With The Great Eight - Live From The Berlin Philharmonie(2xLP) Timeless Records (3) SJP 185/186 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
PMR-024 Slam Stewart - Shut Yo' Mouth! album art Slam Stewart & Major Holley Slam Stewart & Major Holley - Shut Yo' Mouth! (Album) P.M. Records, Inc. PMR-024 US 1987 Sell This Version
CJ-343 Slam Stewart - European Tour album art The Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, Al Cohn, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vaché, Norris Turney, Slam Stewart, Oliver Jackson, Harold Ashby, George Wein The Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars, Al Cohn, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vaché, Norris Turney, Slam Stewart, Oliver Jackson, Harold Ashby, George Wein - European Tour(LP, Album) Concord Jazz CJ-343 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
BSC-650601, BSC 650601 Slam Stewart - The Cats Are Swingin' album art Slam Stewart The Cats Are Swingin' (Album) Sertoma BSC-650601, BSC 650601 US 1988 Sell This Version
3.070 Slam Stewart - Slam Stewart Featuring Milt Buckner And Jo Jones album art Slam Stewart Slam Stewart Featuring Milt Buckner And Jo Jones(LP) Estúdio Eldorado 3.070 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
ST-CD-547 Slam Stewart - Sounds Of The Apple + New Session album art Dardanelle, Slam Stewart Dardanelle, Slam Stewart - Sounds Of The Apple + New Session(CD, Album) Stash Records Inc. ST-CD-547 US 1992 Sell This Version
BB 943.2 Slam Stewart - Poor Butterfly album art Joe Turner, Slam Stewart, Jo Jones Joe Turner, Slam Stewart, Jo Jones - Poor Butterfly(CD, Album, RE, RM) Black And Blue BB 943.2 France 2001 Sell This Version
BB 944.2 Slam Stewart - After Hours album art Gene Rodgers, Slam Stewart, Jo Jones Gene Rodgers, Slam Stewart, Jo Jones - After Hours(CD, Comp, RM) Black And Blue BB 944.2 France 2001 Sell This Version
T 216 Slam Stewart - Art Tatum album art Art Tatum, Everett Barksdale, Slam Stewart Art Tatum, Everett Barksdale, Slam Stewart - Art Tatum(LP, Mono) Capitol Records T 216 US Unknown Sell This Version
BJ029CD Slam Stewart - 1971 Live album art Milt Buckner , Slam Stewart, Jo Jones, Big Joe Turner Milt Buckner , Slam Stewart, Jo Jones, Big Joe Turner - 1971 Live(CD, Album) Blu Jazz BJ029CD Italy Unknown Sell This Version
CON 29 Slam Stewart - Swing Session album art Slam Stewart Swing Session(Shellac, 10", Album) Continental (6) CON 29 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

6295 Slam Stewart - Ah, Now / Bassology album art Slim Gaillard And His Flat-Foot-Floogee-Boys* Featuring Slam Stewart Slim Gaillard And His Flat-Foot-Floogee-Boys* Featuring Slam Stewart - Ah, Now / Bassology Okeh 6295 US 1941 Sell This Version