Stew Cutler - Guitarist Composer
Guitarist - Composer
Perseverance has been the force in the prestigious career of jazz/blues guitar master Stew Cutler. All musicians that succeed only do so by continuing the journey and exploration of music's endless road. One stop on that road for Cutler is his Sunday night residency at Arthur's Tavern in New York City's Greenwich Village.
Born and raised in New York City, Cutler developed a keen interest in the guitar at an early age. His natural abilities were fueled by his thirst to grow as a player prompting him to hit the road at age 19, getting his first gig with blues legend Z.Z. Hill. In pursuit of advancing his scope, Cutler began working with instrumental pioneers Bobby Previte and Eliot Sharp. He later moved to Woodstock, NY and worked with bassist Harvey Brooks as well as numerous musical luminaries in that fertile landscape.
Cutler's sideman work finds him among some of the musical greats such as: Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett, Fontella Bass, The Fantastic Johnny C, Earl King, Jimmy Castor, and many more. Recently, Cutler was invited to perform the last European tour of Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers. The tour was received with great critical acclaim along with a number of notable mentions of Stew's marvelous guitar work.
Cutler has also worked with jazz greats David Sanborn, Bill Frisell, Lester Bowie, Charlie Hunter, Wayne Horvitz to name a few as well as artists as diverse as Meatloaf, Jeb Loy Nichols, David Fanshawe, Sweet Georgia Brown, and Jimmy Dale Gilmore among others.
With the success of his first two cds “Trio Music” on Fountainbleu records and “Insignia” on the Naim label, Stew developed a unique sound combining R&B, jazz, melody and noise. With his following release, “So Many Streams” (Fountainbleu), Cutler showcases his deep blues and American roots side. His next cd titled "Trio Live" highlights Cutler's powerfully driven live performances. On his next cd titled "After Hours", Cutler brings it all the way back to his late night jazz and soul roots.
On September 15, 2017 Cutler released "Every Sunday Night". Cutler takes his live band into the studio to capture the raw energy and dynamic interaction that only a live performance can achieve. The result is an incredible musical journey that showcases Stew's highly charged improvisations as well as his uniquely inspired compositions. Stew surrounds himself with a stellar cast including Bobby Harden vocals, Nick Semrad organ, Julian Pollack organ, JT Bowen Vocals, Chulo Gatewood bass and Bill McClellan drums.
Continuing in the tradition of his generation of music makers, Cutler perseveres and carries on America's cultural legacy every Sunday night.