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Stewart, Zan (Alexander L.)

Stewart, Zan (Alexander L.), music journalist, tenor saxophonist; b. Los Angeles, CA, 29 March 1944.

Stewart got his B.A. in Film Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1974. He studied clarinet ca. age 6 with Ola Ebbinger (who also taught Dolphy)  but he didsn't enjoy her as a teacher and stopped. He didn't play ca. age 10-15, then took up saxophone. He's played the saxophone since 1959. His favorite musicians are Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk. He studied with Charlie Shoemake, Lew Tabackin, Joe Magnarelli, Barry Harris, Charles McPherson, and Charles Orena. He performed as leader, co-leader (1975-76, '90, '95) with Cecilia Coleman, Jerry Rusch, Gary Frommer, Clarence Johnston, Carl Burnett, Roy McCurdy, Darek Oles, Paul Kreibich, Terry Trotter. Also played (1975-present) with Albert Dailey, Pat Britt, Wilbur Brown, Art Hillery, Magnarelli, Tabackin, Peter Bernstein, Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, John Lee, Mike LeDonne, others.

Radio broadcasts:
On-air jazz radio personality: KCSB-FM, KTMS-FM (both Santa Barbara, 1972-77), KBCA-FM/KKGO-FM (Los Angeles, 1977-1980), KCRW-FM (1980-81, Los Angeles).

Television broadcasts:
Host, cable television show The Jazz Network, 1996-1997:  (aired in Los Angeles and Manhattan).

Journalist since 1975. Has written for The New Jersey Star-Ledger, The Los Angeles Times, DownBeat, Swing Journal, Jazz Life, Musica Jazz, Jazziz, Musician, Stereophile, LA Weekly. Numerous album annotations including The Complete Sonny Stitt Roost Recordings (Mosaic, 2001); Sonny Rollins: The Freelance Years (Milestone, 2000); Horace Silver: The Blue Note Years (1999); Joe Henderson: The Blue Note Years (1996); and Eric Dolphy: The Complete Prestige Recordings (1995).

Winner of ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, 1996; Los Angeles Jazz Society's Leonard Feather Jazz Communicator Award, 1994.

Contact information:
6 Fairmount Terrace
West Orange NJ 07052

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