Ian Stewart
Syracuse, NY
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Ian Stewart

Ian S.

Syracuse, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
For the past seven years, my performance career has primarily focused on Cuban Timba. In addition to my real-world experience with the genre, I have held multiple lectures and seminars on the style at universities across New York State as well as online. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to participate in this wonderful genre in such an extensive way, something few outsiders have been able to do. For that reason I am especially passionate about sharing the knowledge I've acquired with others.

I also specialize in jazz improvisation and other styles of "world music" including Afro-Peruvian, Venezuelan and even some styles from southeastern Europe.

As a teacher I emphasize technique, reading, rhythm and creating an organized practice routine. I'm also a strong advocate of transcription, especially of repertoire, which key when studying any style of music.

I also hope to inspire my students to become independent in following there own musical curiosity, regardless of what kind of music they choose to focus on.

About Ian S.

Ian Stewart is a bassist, author and educator currently based in the New York City area. Since moving to NYC in the spring of 2014 Ian has had the honor of performing with People of Earth, Gerardo Contino, Gabriela Anders, Los Hacheros, Peliroja, Keith Ward, Bobby Sanabria, Axel Laugart, Oriente Lopez, Mike Eckroth, Buyu Ambroise, Conjunto Guantanamero, Wilson “Chembo” Corniel, Salsondria Timba, Ola Fresca and other New York based artists. Ian has authored two books: “The John Benítez Bass Method Volume 1- Freedom in the Clave: A Rhythmic Approach to Bass Playing” in 2015 and “The John Benítez Bass Method Volume 2" in 2018 in collaboration with the great John Benítez.

In addition to performing and books, Ian is a contributing columnist to Timba.com and Bass Musician Magazine. He is also a faculty member at Scott’s Bass Lessons and has served as guest lecturer at Hamilton College, Lehman College and several universities under the SUNY system (Oswego, Onondaga Community and Cayuga Community).

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Evan
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Ian learned my band's music and hit the stage without rehearsal!

It could have been his deep knowledge of Latin music and musical training, or both. Either way, you are in for a treat of you get to work with Ian. He has the discipline, great sound and a friendly attitude. A very thorough and grounded musician.

Posted Jul 17, 2020
Mario
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Ian is a kind and patient teacher, a master of his craft and knows how to communicate musical concepts in a clear manner. I studied Cuban/latin music styles with him as well as theory and technique on the bass guitar. In regards to my latin music focus, the information presented is straight from the source, and he has a wealth of material to dig into. He provided the tools and perspective of a real working musician and tailored my lessons to my level of skill.

Posted Jul 13, 2020
Nathan
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Ian Stewart is rare among artists: in addition to being a master of his craft, he is also a great teacher. While his knowledge of music is vast and deep, he excels at breaking information down for the student and teaching the aspiring musician how to practice effectively and efficiently. He emphasizes the importance of self-assessment so that, ultimately, the students can teach themselves.
I recommend Ian Stewart highly.

Posted Jul 12, 2020
Ken
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If you’re interested in improving your bass playing and learning more about music in general, taking lessons with Ian is an excellent choice. His impressive amount of experience in both performing and teaching truly lend him the insight into what each of his students need.

I have had the pleasure of taking bass lessons from Ian while learning a variety of different styles of playing the instrument, and he has my highest recommendation!

Posted Jul 12, 2020

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Experience

Teaching Artist
Feb 2018 - Present

Afro Latin Jazz Academy of Music

Now in its tenth academic year, the Afro Latin Jazz Academy of Music (ALJAM) is a year-long residency program dedicated to providing instrument and ensemble instruction to committed students throughout New York City. Under the artistic direction of Arturo O’Farrill, ALJAM supplies instruments and music instruction –including instrumental music and music theory– to students in New York City public schools at no cost to the students, providing them with grammy award winning instructors and top performing musicians, such as lead trumpeter Jim Seeley of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

Education

Bachelors in Music Performance - Jazz Studies
Aug 2004 - May 2008

SUNY Purchase

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Nov 2019
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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