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Slam Stewart

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Slam Stewart was an excellent swing-oriented bassist whose capability to bow the bass and hum an octave apart made him famous within the jazz globe. He had considered the theory while their studies at Boston Conservatory when he noticed Ray Perry performing together with his violin. In 1936, Stewart was with Peanuts Holland’s group and the next year he began playing frequently with guitarist/vocalist/comedian Slim Gaillard in an organization logically dubbed “Slim and Slam.” “Flat Feet Floogie” became a big success and held the group operating through the first ’40s. After departing Gaillard, Stewart is at great demand. He used Artwork Tatum’s trio, was presented on records using the Benny Goodman Sextet, Crimson Norvo (a popular program with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie), and Lester Youthful (a vintage rendition of “Occasionally I’m Content”), and led his personal group which for an interval presented the up-and-coming pianist Erroll Garner. Stewart performed several spectacular duets with tenor saxophonist Don Byas in a 1945 City Hall concert and later on caused Billy Taylor, Roy Eldridge, Bucky Pizzarelli, the Newport All-Stars, along with a many additional jazz greats. He actually documented two albums with bassist Main Holley (who also bowed and hummed however in unison). Until the finish, Slam Stewart occupied his personal unique market in jazz.

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Full Name Slam Stewart
Died December 10, 1987, Binghamton, New York, United States
Profession Musician
Education Boston Conservatory
Nationality American
Music Songs Slamboree, Bowin' Singin' Slam, Slam Bam, Slammin' the Gate, Laff, Slam, Laff, Play Fiddle Play, Haw Haw, Blues Collins, Mood to Be Stewed, Coppin' Out, A Bell for Norvo, Jumpin' at the Deuces, Laff Slam Slam, Dozin', My Blue Heaven, Just You, Just Me, Bowing Slam, Yes Indeed, Blue, Brown and Beige, Close Your Eyes, Moten Swing, I Know That You Know, C Jam Blues, Time on My Hands, Doctor Foo, Slam Mule, Talkin' Back, A Jam With Sam, Things Ain't What They Used to Be, Melody in F, Opus 3, No. 1, Salty Mama Cassoulet, Lamb Stew for Slam
Albums Shut Yo' Mouth!, Two Big Mice, The Art Tatum Trio (Mono Version), Shut Yo' Mouth! Featuring Dick Hyman And Oliver Jackson, Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart, China Boy, Slamboree (New York City, 1972) [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions], Gliss Me Again (Mono Version) [feat. Sammy Weiss], Fish Scales, Mood to Be Stewed (1944 - 1946), Slam Stewart - Volume 2 (MP3 Album), Slam Bam (Hérouville, France, 1971) [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions], Ze Best - Slam Stewart, Bowin' Singin' Slam, Jazz Figures / Slam Stewart (1945-1946), Beyond Patina Jazz Masters: Slam Stewart, Fish Scales (Paris 1975) [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions], The Great, Slam Stewart Selected Favorites, A Passion for Jazz, Vol. 68, The Very Best Of, The One and Only: Slam Stewart, Johnny Guarnieri & Slam Stewart, Vol. 2 (Mono Version) [feat. Sammy Weiss], Blues Collins, Slam Stewart - Volume 1 (MP3 Album), Jumpin' at the Deuces, Slam Stewart Selected Hits, Blue, Brown and Beige, New Exercise in Swing, Retrospective, Ultimative Jazz Bass, Jazz Giants: Slam Stewart, Complete Jazz Series 1945 - 1946, Upside Down, Doctor Foo, Hop, Skip and Jump, Jazz Legends: Slam Stewart, The Chronological Classics: Slam Stewart 1945-1946
Movies Boy! What a Girl!


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Better Things 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gotham 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The English Patient 1996 lyrics: "Flat Foot Floogie" 1938 / music: "Flat Foot Floogie" 1938
Muuttolinnun aika 1991 "On the Loch Lomond / Loch Lomond" / performer: "On the Loch Lomond / Loch Lomond"
Hope and Glory 1987 lyrics: "Flat Foot Floogie" / music: "Flat Foot Floogie"
Atlantic City 1980 music: "Flat Foot Floogie" - uncredited
Femmes Fatales 1976 writer: "Les Joies Du Maquis", "Débandade", "L'Attaque Des Femmes", "Calmos Tranquillos", "Départ Pour Le Maquis", "Calmos"
Malcolm X 1972 Documentary performer: "Flat Foot Floogie" - as Slam / writer: "Flat Foot Floogie"
The Key 1958 music: "Flat Foot Floogie" - uncredited
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet 1957 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Boy! What a Girl! 1947 lyrics: "Oh Me, Oh My, Oh Gosh" / music: "Oh Me, Oh My, Oh Gosh", "Slamboree"
Diamond Horseshoe 1945 music: "Flat Foot Floogie" - uncredited
Almost Married 1942 performer: "Binjee Binjee Scootta" / writer: "Binjee Binjee Scootta"
Star Spangled Rhythm 1942 performer: "Sharp as a Tack" - as Slim and Slam
It All Came True 1940 music: "Flat Foot Floogie" 1938 - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Boy! What a Girl! 1947 Slam (as Slam Stewart Trio)
Almost Married 1942 Speciality Act (as Slim and Slam)
Hellzapoppin' 1941 Specialty (as Slim and Slam)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Swing Kids 1993 composer: song "Flat Foot Floogie"
Femmes Fatales 1976 musician: bass and vocals

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Femmes Fatales 1976

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Benny Goodman: Let's Dance - A Musical Tribute 1986 TV Movie Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1963 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Bass Jazz Musician / Himself - Jazz Musician

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