Louis Stewart is an Irish jazz guitarist, born in Waterford. He 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 great English saxophonist and 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, Peter Ind, Spike Robinson, Bill Charlap, and alto great Peter King.
In the 70s Louis began his lengthy association with George Shearing (with whom he has toured America, Brazil, and Europe) with whom he recorded eight albums – several in trio with Danish bass master Niels-Henning Ørsted-Pedersen. 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 is prominently featured soloist.
Louis performs regularly in Germany and Norway, where in the national theatre in Oslo, his James Joyce/Ulysses inspired concert piece “JoyceNotes” has been produced to acclaim. In Dublin, he can be seen playing at his regular gig in JJ Smyth’s.