Zan Stewart is a lifelong musician who has been playing saxophone since 1960 and who has shared bandstands with such notables as drummer Jimmy Cobb, saxophonist Joe Lovano, and bassist Christian McBride. He has been leading bands since 1967, up to and including his current Zan Stewart Band. The group’s debut CD is The Street Is Making Music, on Stewart’s own Mobo Dog Records. Stewart is also an insightful teacher of saxophone and jazz improvisation.
From 1975 to 2010, Zan was a dedicated music journalist who covered jazz for such top level publications as the Los Angeles Times, Down Beat magazine. He has also written many sets of liner notes; one of these – “Out There: The Angelic Passion of Eric Dolphy,” a biographical essay contained in the box set Eric Dolphy: The Complete Prestige Recordings – earned him the celebrated ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award. He is currently working on a book of jazz interviews. Stewart’s web site is zanstewart.com.