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Grant Stewart: Young Old Soul

Grant Stewart

Until about three years ago, Grant Stewart was usually the youngest musician on the bandstand. “I’ve always been drawn to older musicians,” the 36-year-old tenor saxophonist muses. “My first music teacher, Pete Schofield, put me in his big band; there I was, surrounded by people who were around 30. I was 14.”

Stewart’s current quintet, which plays every Tuesday night at Smalls in Greenwich Village, mostly comprises musicians in their early fifties: guitarist Joe Cohn, bassist Joel Forbes and pianist Michael Weiss. Stewart’s younger brother, Phil, the drummer since 2005, saves the saxophonist from being the baby in his own group.

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