Slam Stewart

Leroy Eliot Stewart

Also known as "Slam" Stewart, L.Stewart, Leroy "Slam" Stewart, S. Stewart, Slam, Steward, Stewart
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Discography of Slam Stewart:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Two Big Mice 6 Audio 1977 Black And Blue
2 Complete Columbia Master Takes 56 Audio 2001 Definitive Records (2)
3 Jumpin' At The Deuces 44 Audio History
4 Calmos 10 Audio 1975 Black And Blue
5 The Ultimate Jazz Archive - Swing To BeBop - Modern Jazz 82 Audio 2005 Membran
6 Fish Scales 8 Audio 1975 Black And Blue
7 Dialogue 9 Audio 1978 Stash Records
8 Dialogue 9 Audio 1979 Sonet
9 Gliss Me Again / Bowing Slam / Deuces Wild / Deuce Mild 4 Audio 1957
10 I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 43 10 Audio Curcio
11 Jazz, Joy And Happiness 12 Audio 1962 United Artists Jazz
12 Swingin' The Forties With The Great Eight - Live Fron The Berlin Philharmonie 14 Audio 1983 Timeless Records (3)
13 Two Big Mice 11 Audio 1989 Black And Blue
14 Bowin' Singin' Slam 12 Audio
15 Bowin' Singin' Slam 12 Audio 1956 Savoy Records
16 Fish Scales 14 Audio 1987 Black And Blue
17 Shut Yo' Mouth 9 Audio 1991 Delos
18 Tribute To Art Tatum 12 Audio World Record Club
19 Shut Yo' Mouth 9 Audio 1991 PM
20 Erroll And Slam 4 Audio Savoy Records
21 Bowin' Singin' Slam 12 Audio
22 Slam Stewart Featuring Milt Buckner And Jo Jones 10 Audio Black And Blue
23 Slamboree 9 Audio Black And Blue
24 Jazz Greatest Names 7 Audio 1973 Black and Blue
25 Town Hall Concert Vol. 3 7 Audio 1974 London Records
26 Slam Stewart Featuring Milt Buckner And Jo Jones 10 Audio 1971 Black And Blue
27 Jazz Giants 16 Audio Curcio

American jazz bassist (September 21, 1914, Englewood, NJ, USA – December 10, 1987, Binghampton, NY, USA)

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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