Bio

Renowned saxophonist, producer and recording artist, Dayve Stewart is one of the most sought after jazz saxophonist of his generation. Passionate and versatile in every way, Stewart pushes the boundaries to incorporate his colorful essence of shaping his own sound on the saxophone, by encompassing his signature blend of Jazz, R&B and Funk.

A native of Tampa, Florida, Stewart began playing the saxophone at 10 years of age. During his childhood, he began to learn more about the jazz genre from a local jazz club owner in Tampa, who introduced him to many jazz records and artists of the past. It was this introduction that helped Stewart understand the foundation of the genre. As he began honing his skills on his instrument, he listened to recordings by those that inspired him, including: Michael Brecker, Kirk Whalum, Grover Washington Jr., and Vincent Herring.

After completing high school, Stewart attended the University of Central Florida (UCF), under the mentorship of professor, Dr. George Weremchuck. Dr. Weremchuck played an integral role in improving Stewart’s technical abilities and discipline with the instrument. Another major influence was musician Bill Kennedy, who gave Stewart the flexibility to shape and refine his voice in jazz. After completing his studies at UCF, Stewart attended graduate school at Florida State University College of Music, under the direction of music professor, Leon Anderson. While at FSU, Stewart was influenced by world-class jazz pianist and professor, Marcus Roberts.

“Marcus opened my eyes to the freedom,” states the saxophonist. “He did this by solidifying my foundation and by pushing me to have a command of whatever I wanted to play.”

Robert’s impact helped catapult Stewart’s musicianship and prowess for what it is today.  His experience studying with Roberts, is what led him to form his own band “Dayve Stewart & The Vibe”, featuring keyboardist, songwriter and producer Larry Wilson and esteemed drummer Will Neal (who also tours with R&B singer Fantasia). Together the group has recorded four albums and continues to tour throughout the country.

Over the course of his career, Stewart’s name has become increasingly respected among top jazz musicians throughout the world. He has toured with soul music icon Al Green, touring the World alongside greats such as: Elton John, Anita Baker, Earth, Wind & Fire, and BB King. He has collaborated with jazz musicians Jamison Ross, Marcus Roberts and The Clayton Brothers. Stewart has also graced the stage with jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wynton Marsalis, Brian Culbertson, Kirk Whalum, Paul Brown, Najee and R&B singer Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), who reveres Stewart as “one of the most exciting players in music today”. Another great career accomplishment for Stewart, was receiving an invitation to perform as President Obama’s special guest for the campaign’s Victory Fund event in 2012, in Harlem, NY.

Stewart is currently in the studio working on his new album, entitled:

“Feels So Good” slated to be released in early 2016. When discussing who he is as a musician today, he states: The feeling that I am able to pour out of my saxophone comes from a place only unique to me. I embody that classic underdog story. A person that works hard, a person that finds inspiration in everything around him. Finally, a person that will take all challenges as a learning lessons and repurpose those experiences into something beautiful.”

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