Slam Stewart

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 (aged 73).

The trademark of his 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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Slam Stewart Discography

Albums

903 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
Slam Stewart Bowin' Singin' Slam (Album) Savoy Records US 1956 Sell This Version
Rose Murphy Featuring Slam Stewart Rose Murphy Featuring Slam Stewart - Jazz, Joy And Happiness (Album) United Artists Jazz US 1962 Sell This Version
Slam Stewart Slam Stewart Featuring Milt Buckner And Jo Jones (Album) Black And Blue France 1971 Sell This Version
Slam Stewart Slamboree (Album) Black And Blue France 1974 Sell This Version
Don Byas, Slam Stewart, Teddy Wilson, Flip Phillips Don Byas, Slam Stewart, Teddy Wilson, Flip Phillips - Town Hall Concert Vol. 3 London Records UK 1974 Sell This Version
Slam Stewart Fish Scales (Album) Black And Blue France 1975 Sell This Version
33 400 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
Slam Stewart - Major Holley Slam Stewart - Major Holley - Two Big Mice (Album) Black And Blue France 1977 Sell This Version
Slam Stewart And Bucky Pizzarelli Slam Stewart And Bucky Pizzarelli - Dialogue (Album) Stash Records, Stash Records US 1978 Sell This Version
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 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
SJP 185/186 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
233027 Slam Stewart Featuring Milt Buckner, Wild Bill Davis & Jo Jones Slam Stewart Featuring Milt Buckner, Wild Bill Davis & Jo Jones - Slam Stewart Featuring Milt Buckner, Wild Bill Davis & Jo Jones(CD) Black And Blue 233027 France 1986 Sell This Version
CJ-343 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
Slam Stewart The Cats Are Swingin' (Album) Sertoma US 1988 Sell This Version
ST-CD-18 Bucky Pizzarelli With Slam Stewart & Red Norvo Bucky Pizzarelli With Slam Stewart & Red Norvo - The Rhythm Encounters(CD, Album) Stash Records ST-CD-18 US 1989 Sell This Version
Slam Stewart & Major Holley Slam Stewart & Major Holley - Shut Yo' Mouth (Album) Delos US 1991 Sell This Version
BB 944.2 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
BB 943.2 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
T 208 Art Tatum Featuring Everitt Barksdale* Guitar Slam Stewart Art Tatum Featuring Everitt Barksdale* Guitar Slam Stewart - Tribute To Art Tatum(LP) World Record Club T 208 UK Unknown Sell This Version
BJ029CD 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
ORI 209, ONYX 209 Joe Thomas, Hot Lips Page, Charlie Shavers, Buddy DeFranco, Slam Stewart, Sidney Catlett, Dave Tough Joe Thomas, Hot Lips Page, Charlie Shavers, Buddy DeFranco, Slam Stewart, Sidney Catlett, Dave Tough - Tootin' Through the Roof; Volume 1(LP) Onyx Records (3) ORI 209, ONYX 209 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DO-2639 Slim Gaillard & His Flat-Foot-Floogie-Boys* Featuring Slam Stewart Slim Gaillard & His Flat-Foot-Floogie-Boys* Featuring Slam Stewart - Ah, Now / Bassology(Shellac, 10") Columbia DO-2639 Australia 1944 Sell This Version
1001 Dizzy Gillespie And Cozy Cole, Slam Stewart, Remo Palmieri, Clyde Hart, Charlie Parker / Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra Dizzy Gillespie And Cozy Cole, Slam Stewart, Remo Palmieri, Clyde Hart, Charlie Parker / Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra - Groovin' High / Blue'N Boogie(Shellac, 10") Guild Records (2) 1001 US 1945 Sell This Version
1007 Don Byas Quartet Featuring Slam Stewart / Erskine Butterfield Quartet Don Byas Quartet Featuring Slam Stewart / Erskine Butterfield Quartet - Harvard Blues / St. Louis Blues Boogie(Shellac, 10") Super Disc 1007 US 1945 Sell This Version

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