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Michael “Patches” Stewart

Michael "Patches" Stewart

What is it about New Orleans and the trumpet? From Storyville days to post-Wynton, the brass line has been unusually vital and distinguished. Add Michael “Patches” Stewart to the waiting list of the hometown hall of fame.

Like his Crescent City brethren and sistren, Patches was exposed to music early on. “The year before I went to junior high, their school orchestra came to my elementary school,” recalls Stewart. “Three trumpet players played a classical piece, ‘Bugler’s Holiday.’ It was beautiful. That changed my life I think…after that I just wanted to play.”

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