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TEA BREAK

 

The monthly Tea Break is a series of short, fun items in What's New Magazine that also gives jazz musicians an opportunity to update us with what they are doing.

 

Alexander Stewart - November 2016

 

Alexander Stewart

 

Since November 2009, Alexander Stewart has been appearing at a number of prestigious venues and singing with some top class jazz musicians. Alexander was born in Salford just outside of Manchester in 1987, so when I first met him at the age of just 23 in 2010 he was doing well. Six years on and he is still producing good, swinging music and his latest album I Thought About You has a full orchestra and a big band behind him.

'I was brought up in a little town called Walkden,' Alexander says. 'I went to school there, have friends around that area and my parents still live there. My mum and dad have an eclectic taste in music but aren’t players or performers. That said, they do love the old jazz and swing era. I would say I am as influenced by their taste in music as they were by their parents, growing up listening to the sounds of Ella and Billie, Tony Bennett and of course Sinatra'.

Alexander spends some of his year performing on the Continent where has a substantial following; the orchestra on I Thought About You is the the City Of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra (the album was recorded between London and Prague) and he is shortly off to gigs in Germany.

 

Alexander Stewart Call Me

 

 

 

 

I caught Alexander for a Tea Break while he was in the UK soon after his album launch:

 

Hi Alexander, tea or coffee?

Coffee every time!

 

Milk and sugar?

Neither. Just black and strong for me please!

 

Frank and Ella

 

If you could ask two past jazz musicians or singers to join us for the tea break, who would you invite?

Tough call… It would have to be Ella and Frank. I think they’d be a hoot! Endless stories to tell and I’d be in utter awe.

 

What would you ask them?

Everything! Or nothing at all and just let them talk!

 

 

 

Hob Nob, Bourbon, Garibaldi or digestive biscuit?

Bourbon. Good sturdy biscuit.

Alexander Stewart I Thought About You

 

How is it going with the new album I Thought About You? and how did you go about choosing the tunes for the album?

Really great, it’s something I am incredibly proud of! A lot of the songs picked for the album are staples of the live set we have been touring for a few years, just not in the developed way they appear on the record. I knew I wanted to add some originals into this piece and make it something more personal the first album.

 

 

Here is an introductory video for the album

 

 

 

 

Alexander Stewart

 

What gigs have you played recently?

We just launched the album with 2 shows; one in London at the Hippodrome with a killing big-band, and one in my hometown of Manchester. Really wonderful shows with a lot of support and love in the room both on stage and in the audience.

 

What have you got coming up in the next few months – I hear that your gigs on the Continent go down well?

We have a tour coming up in Germany and some dates in Portugal also soon which is great! It’s always a pleasure playing in Germany, the audience is always so welcoming and warm. It’s a real treat.

 

 

 

Lianne la Havas

 

 

Who else have you heard recently that we should listen out for?

I’m loving Lianne la Havas. Her voice is angelic and her live performance was something really glorious to behold.

 

 

 

 

 

Lianne singing Green and Gold

 

 

 

 

Another biscuit?

Most Definitely.

 

[Click here for a video of Alexander singing One For My Baby]

[Click here for Alexander Stewart's website. Click here for our Profile of Alexander and our review of his album].

 

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