Louis Stewart, the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin, began his international career in 1968 when he was awarded the special jury prize at the Montreaux International Jazz Festival. Shortly thereafter he began working with Benny Goodman, an association that lasted three years, and gave way to an extended and prominent period with the late, great, English saxophonist/flautist Tubby Hayes.
As a member of Ronnie Scott’s quartet and quintet for several years, Louis began recording as leader in the mid 1970’s, making albums with Sam Jones and Billy Higgins, with Peter Ind, and later, with Red Mitchell, saxophonist Spike Robinson, pianist Bill Charlap, and now more recently again, a new CD, recorded in Venice with alto great Peter King (“Angel Eyes”).
In the 70s Louis began his lengthy association with George Shearing (with whom he has toured America, Brazil and all of Europe; and recorded eight albums – several in trio with Danish bass master Niels-Henning Orsted-Pederson, and in quintet with vibist Steve Nelson and drummer Dennis Mackrel). He began working with Canadian genius-orchestrator and arranger, Robert Farnon in 1976, and at least 10 albums resulted: with singers Joe Williams and Eileen Farrell, with Shearing and with trombone legend J.J Johnson, on all of which he was prominently featured soloist.
1994 as a member of the Shearing trio, he featured for a week opposite Tommy Flanagan’s trio in The Blue Note in New York. This led to an association with Peter Washington and Lewis Nash which included a week-long engagement, as leader, at the legendary Village Vanguard NYC.
He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Trinty College Dublin in 1998.