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Rex Stewart

Rex William Stewart (February 22, 1907 – September 7, 1967) was an American jazz cornetist best remembered for his work with the Duke Ellington orchestra.

After stints with Elmer Snowden, Fletcher Henderson, Horace Henderson, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, and Luis Russell, Stewart joined the Ellington band in 1934, replacing Freddie Jenkins. Duke Ellington arranged many of his pieces to showcase Stewart's half-valve effects, muted sound, and forceful style.

Stewart co-wrote "Boy Meets Horn" and "Morning Glory" while with Ellington, and frequently supervised outside recording sessions by members of the Ellington band. After eleven years Stewart left to lead his own groups - " little swing bands, that were a perfect setting for his solo playing." He also toured Europe and Australia with Jazz at the Philharmonic from 1947 to 1951. He made a cameo appearance in Jacques Becker's 1949 film Rendezvous in July. From the early 1950s on he worked in radio and television and published highly regarded jazz criticism. The book Jazz Masters of the Thirties is a selection of his criticism. Stewart also wrote for Playboy, Down Beat and several other publications during his life. He lived in upstate New York after purchasing a 100+ year old farmhouse. He hosted a jazz radio program in Troy, New York and owned a small restaurant for a very short time near a drag racing stadium in Vermont. While living in France, he attended the Cordon Bleu school of cooking and dedicated his life to being a fine cook.

Stewart moved to Los Angeles, California to be near his three children – Rex Jr., Helena and Regina. His other son Paul Albert Hardy lived in New York City. While in Los Angeles he re-connected to many of the Ellington side-men who lived there and played a lot of "jam" sessions in clubs in the Los Angeles area. Rex was also one of the regular studio musicians seen on the Steve Allen TV show. He hosted and coproduced (with George Cole) two radio shows about jazz music from his era, Dixieland Doings and Things Aint What They Used To Be.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 22nd, 1907 (Philadelphia), Died Los Angeles

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: cornet, leader, composer, trumpet, trombone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-35762 10-in. 7/13/1926 Lazy drag Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-35763 10-in. 7/13/1926 Jackass blues Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-35764 10-in. 7/13/1926 Charleston stampede Thomas Morris ; Morris' Hot Babies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-63195 10-in. 11/5/1930 I want your love McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; Dave Wilborn Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-63196 10-in. 11/5/1930 Hello McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; Dave Wilborn Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-64605 10-in. 11/3/1930 Talk to me McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; Don Redman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-64606 10-in. 11/3/1930 Rocky road McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; Don Redman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-64607 10-in. 11/4/1930 Laughing at life McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-64608 10-in. 11/4/1930 Never swat a fly McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-64609 10-in. 11/5/1930 After all, you're all I'm after George Bias ; McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BVE-64610 10-in. 11/5/1930 I miss a little miss George Bias ; McKinney's Cotton Pickers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-037632 10-in. 6/13/1939 12th Street rag Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-044887 10-in. 3/6/1940 You, you darlin' Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-044888 10-in. 3/6/1940 Jack the Bear Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-044889 10-in. 3/6/1940 Ko-ko Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-044890 10-in. 3/7/1940 Morning glory Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-044891 10-in. 3/7/1940 So far, so good Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-049015 10-in. 3/15/1940 Conga brava Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-049016 10-in. 3/15/1940 Concerto for Cootie Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-049017 10-in. 3/15/1940 Me and you Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-049655 10-in. 5/4/1940 Cotton tail Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-049656 10-in. 5/4/1940 Don't get around much anymore Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053020 10-in. 5/28/1940 Dusk Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053021 10-in. 5/28/1940 Bojangles Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053022 10-in. 5/28/1940 A portrait of Bert Williams Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053023 10-in. 5/28/1940 Blue goose Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053427 10-in. 9/5/1940 There shall be no night Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053428 10-in. 9/5/1940 In a mellotone Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053429 10-in. 9/5/1940 Five o'clock whistle Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053430 10-in. 9/5/1940 Warm valley Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053432 10-in. 9/6/1940 Blues for you, Johnny Sidney Bechet ; Herb Jeffries ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet with male vocal solo (take 2: no vocal) instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-053433 10-in. 9/6/1940 Ain't misbehavin' Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-053434 10-in. 9/6/1940 Save it, pretty mama Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-053435 10-in. 9/6/1940 Stompy Jones Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, trumpet  
Victor BS-053552 10-in. 10/17/1940 The flaming sword Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053579 10-in. 10/28/1940 Across the track blues Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053580 10-in. 10/28/1940 Chlo-e Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053581 10-in. 10/28/1940 I never felt this way before Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053780 10-in. 12/28/1940 The sidewalks of New York Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053781 10-in. 12/28/1940 Flamingo Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-053782 10-in. 12/28/1940 The girl in my dreams tries to look like you Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-054606 10-in. 7/22/1940 Harlem air-shaft Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-054607 10-in. 7/22/1940 At a Dixie roadside diner Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-054608 10-in. 7/22/1940 All too soon Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-054609 10-in. 7/22/1940 Rumpus in Richmond Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-054624 10-in. 7/24/1940 My greatest mistake Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-054625 10-in. 7/24/1940 Sepia panorama Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-055283 10-in. 2/15/1941 Take the "A" train Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-055284 10-in. 2/15/1941 Jumpin' punkins Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-055285 10-in. 2/15/1941 John Hardy's wife Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-055286 10-in. 2/15/1941 Blue serge Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-055287 10-in. 2/15/1941 After all Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061283 10-in. 6/5/1941 Bakiff Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061284 10-in. 6/5/1941 Are you sticking? Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061285 10-in. 6/5/1941 Just a-settin' and a-rockin' Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061286 10-in. 6/5/1941 The giddybug gallop Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061318 10-in. 6/26/1941 Chocolate shake Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061319 10-in. 6/26/1941 I got it bad and that ain't good Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061338 10-in. 7/2/1941 Clementine Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061339 10-in. 7/2/1941 The brown skin gal (In calico gown) Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061340 10-in. 7/2/1941 Jump for joy Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; with female vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061341 10-in. 7/2/1941 Moon over Cuba Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061684 10-in. 9/26/1941 Five o'clock drag Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061685 10-in. 9/26/1941 Rocks in my bed Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061686 10-in. 9/26/1941 Bli-blip Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061687 10-in. 9/26/1941 Chelsea Bridge Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061941 10-in. 12/2/1941 Raincheck Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061942 10-in. 12/2/1941 What good would it do? Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor PBS-061943 10-in. 12/2/1941 I dont know what kind of blues I got Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-070682 10-in. 1/21/1942 Perdido Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-070683 10-in. 1/21/1942 The "C" jam blues Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Victor BS-070684 10-in. 1/21/1942 Moon mist Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia W141153 10-in. 10/19/1925 Take it easy Monette Moore Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia W141154 10-in. 10/19/1925 Get it fixed Monette Moore Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia W141740 10-in. 3/2/1926 Let's talk about my sweetie Rosa Henderson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
Columbia W141741 10-in. 3/2/1926 Mama is waitin' for you Rosa Henderson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W404566 10-in. 12/4/1930 Goodbye blues Chocolate Dandies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W404596 10-in. 12/30/1930 Cloudy skies Chocolate Dandies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W404597 10-in. 12/30/1930 Got another sweetie now Chocolate Dandies ; Jimmy Harrison Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, cornet  
OKeh W404598 10-in. 12/30/1930 Bugle call rag Chocolate Dandies Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca 39390 10-in. 3/4/1935 Stay out of love Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca 39391 10-in. 3/4/1935 I' ll never change Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca 39392 10-in. 3/4/1935 Where were you on the night of June the third? Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca 39393 10-in. 3/4/1935 (Looks like I'm) Breakin' the ice Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, cornet  
Vocalion E4793-E4794 10-in. 4/4/1927 Ten o’clock blues Rex Stewart Harlem Serenaders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Vocalion E4795-E4797 10-in. 4/4/1927 Oh, Malinda Rex Stewart Harlem Serenaders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Decca 104238 2/3/1958 The stroll Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca 104239 2/3/1958 Ram-bunk-shush Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band instrumentalist, cornet  
Decca 104240 2/3/1958 Honky tonk Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band instrumentalist, cornet  
Vocalion 577W-579W 10-in. 3/20/1925 Get it fixed Rosa Henderson Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, cornet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Stewart, Rex," accessed August 11, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103819.

Stewart, Rex. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 11, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103819.

"Stewart, Rex." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 11 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103819

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