Upstart - Tommy Stewart & His Orchestra - Tommy Stewart & His Orchestra
Label: Circle - CLP-8 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul • Style: Cool Jazz
Thomas Wesley Stewart Jr. At the age of 10 Tommy Stewart was part of his High School marching band. He taught in high school from to at Fayette High School in St.
Clair County, Alabama. Outside the school surroundings, Tommy also taught music. In he was playing with Fred Wesley and members of the 55th Army band. He wrote and composed for television and performed with Blue Note recording artist Duke Pearson. The song was recorded live, with live strings and horns recorded in the studio at the time.
Recorded, almost as a 'session after-thought' Tommy took the instrumental to Ardent Studios in Memphis and recorded the Trouble Wont Last - Elder Hightower And Sister Massey - Its A Long Long Way with Hot Buttered Soul.
The album had a peach on the cover, which was a marketing vehicle that was intended to help album sales through the popular Peaches music chain. The album became a 'sleeper' for several years until the rare groove scene picked up on the album during the late 's. His regular live gigs are performed under the name the Tommy Stewart Orchestra. Tommy is also a member of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.
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