Faculty - Alexander Stewart

Alex Stewart

Alexander Stewart, Professor
Jazz studies, improvisation, ethnomusicology

  • Ph.D. (Ethnomusicology), Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • M.M. (Jazz and Commercial Studies), Manhattan School of Music
  • B.F.A. (Music Education), Long Island University, C.W. Post
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Email: Alexander Stewart

Before joining UVM's music department in 1999, Dr. Stewart was a freelance saxophonist and woodwind player in New York City. Currently he directs the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Big Band and performs with Jazzismo as well as other jazz groups. During 2006-07, he was a Fulbright Scholar researching Afro-Mexican music and culture in Oaxaca, Mexico. Additionally, he has served as a consultant in music copyright and intellectual property issues.

Groups accompanied: Alex Stewart has toured Europe and North America with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra (accompanying guest artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Dee Dee Bridgewater) and has appeared at major jazz festivals in Nice, Montreal, Biarritz, Saratoga, New York (JVC) and the North Sea. In 1999, along with members of the Funk Filharmonik, he accompanied Ray Charles in Sweden. More recently, he performed in Mexico with the Latin Jazz group, Rick Davies and Jazzismo.

Published works: He has performed on recordings by Bill Warfield, Dave Stryker, Anne Hampton Callaway and Peter Herborn that have featured Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis and many other renowned jazz musicians. He has also appeared on network television (Bravo, BBC, BET, Fox, etc.) with Manhattan Transfer, Nnenna Freelon and Lionel Hampton. His book, "Making the Scene: Contemporary New York City Big Band Jazz" was published in 2007 by University of California Press. He has also performed and written about Latin, popular and "world" music genres. His articles and entries appear in Popular Music, Ethnomusicology, Yearbook of Traditional Music, Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Annual Review of Jazz Studies, and Jazz Perspectives.

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Paul Besaw, Dance
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Nadine Carpenter, Oboe
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Selene Colburn, Dance
Sarah Cullins, Voice
Rick Davies, Trombone
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David Feurzeig, Theory
Paula Higa, Dance
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Anne Janson, Flute
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Alan Parshley, Horn
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Evelyn Read, Violin/Viola
Patricia Riley, Music Ed.
John Rivers, Jazz Bass
Jeff Salisbury, Drums
Lynn Ellen Schimoler, Dance
Wayne Schneider, History
Heidi Soons, Harp
Clyde Stats, History
Alex Stewart, Jazz
William Tilley, Bass
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Ray Vega, Trumpet, Jazz
Robert Wigness, Trombone
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