Australian Heather Stewart is a unique and talented voice in the international jazz and blues scene. Currently based in Paris, Heather has performed with various ensembles featuring specialist jazz, blues, ragtime, country and folk from the 1900s to 40s. Recent album launches for The Dirty Ragtimers, Orchestre Delmar and Collectif Paris Swing were sold-out shows at Paris's grand Bal Blomet and Caveau de la Huchette. Heather tours with various groups throughout Europe, UK, USA and Australia and performs the grand repertoire of the great jazz musicians and songwriters of the early twentieth century. Heather also writes her own repertoire for her self-titled band, as well as for dance and theatre projects.
Heather has studied classical violin and voice degrees, a masters of arts (string pedagogy) and a graduate diploma of jazz voice. Thoroughly grateful for her rigorous classical training and regular chances to moonlight in orchestras and chamber ensembles, Heather devotes herself artistically to exploring the acoustic roots of jazz, blues, ragtime, country folk music. It is with a background of hard work and a musical family that Heather's singing and violin playing hold a depth and artistry making her one of the best of her generation.
In Paris, Heather Stewart performs with ensembles including Orchestre Del Mar, Collective Paris Swing, Leigh Barker Band, Jake Sanders, Jason Marsalis, Matt Munisteri, Giacomo Smith, Nicholas Montier, Christophe Davot, Eamon McNelis, and many more. Heather won multiple awards for her blues and jazz albums and continues to build audiences wherever she performs through her natural presence on stage and joy in performance. Heather's collaboration with Parisian fingerpicking guitarist Lucas Montagnier is called The Dirty Ragtimers. They recently launched their brand new album "Fairytales of Montmartre" recorded at Hi Style Studios during their Chicago winter tour. The album launch was completely sold out with an exhilarated crowd filling Paris' illustrious Le Bal Blomet.
Recent performances in Paris venues include: Le Bal Blomet, La Coupole brasserie, Boeuf Sur Le Toit, La Bellevilloise, Caveau de la Huchette (La La Land), Dr Lupin and Sunday residency at Montmartre's Chez Camille.
Influences: Annette Hanshaw, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, Irving Berlin, Gene Aubrey, Scott Joplin, Big Bill Broonzy, G and I Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael and many more.