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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 (Results 51-75 of 90 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-75 of 90 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Stewart, Rex," accessed August 4, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103819.

Stewart, Rex. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 4, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103819.

"Stewart, Rex." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 4 August 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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