Stewart Forbes Auld Alliance
Stewart Forbes: Saxophone Sebastien Dochy: Bass Patrick Mulliè: Drums Colin Steele: Trumpet Steve Hamilton: Piano
The alto saxophonist is one of the true greats of the Scottish jazz scene. He’s made hundreds and hundreds of gigs sound good, with his fabulous soaring alto cutting through as lead in Big Bands, and as the most soulful soloist in thousands of small groups. He’s at his best when he’s playing the music he loves most – the soul-jazz sound of 60’s Blue Note and Impulse records: the music of Cannonball Adderley and Stanley Turrentine. Recently, his star has been celebrated, touring in France with two leading French musicians Sebastien Dochy (bass) and Patrick Mulliè (drums). Now here they are, with Colin Steele (trumpet) and Steve Hamilton (piano) playing greasy, grooving soul jazz, packed with passion and fire.
From concert hall, jazz club, jam session, recording studio, theatre and touring work, saxophonist-multi-instrumentalist, and mainstay of the Scottish and UK Jazz scene since the 1980’s, Stewart Forbes has recorded and performed with many of the top players and directors in the UK, Europe and the USA. With very broad musical interests, Stewarts work has encompassed not only jazz and big band music but orchestral concert performances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Also, in Scottish ‘traditional’ music Stewart has recorded with The Battlefield band, Allan Reid and ‘Run –Rig’
Included among the many international singers and artists Stewart has worked and recorded with are; Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Kirk Douglas, Natalie Cole, Randy Crawford, Al Martino, Connie Francis, Dame Cleo Lane, Norma Winston, Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette and Glen Campbell, Lianne Carroll. Iain Shaw, Elaine Delmar, Madeleine Bell and Andrew Lloyd Webber & Sarah Brightman.
In Big Band and Jazz music Stewart has been fortunate to record and work for The BBC Big Band, The Don Weller Big Band, Echoes of Ellington Jazz Orchestra, Stan Tracey Jazz Orchestra, The New Squadronaires, Glenn Miller UK Orchestra, Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra and with jazz and big band arrangers Barry Forgie, Mark Nightingale, Clark Tracey, Pete Long, Malcolm Edmonstone, Kenny Wheeler, Adrian Drover and Pete Moore. A special privilege for Stewart has been the opportunity to work for Musical Directors Billy May (Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra), Mike Abene (WDR Big Band, Germany) in the BBC Big band and with John Dankworth and with composer / conductor Carl Davis. In the jazz world, Stewart Forbes has performed and recorded with jazz musicians George Shearing, Kenny Wheeler, Jimmy Deuchar, Jim Mullen, Peter King, Guy Barker, Louis Stewart, Henry Lowther, Martin France, Clark Terry, James Moody, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Lew Sollof, Adam Nussbaum, Andy Shepard, Gary Valente, and more recently with Maceo Parker (Ray Charles Tribute) and with Lianne Carroll and Iain Shaw. In 2015, at the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival, Stewart was featured clarinet and saxophone soloist with the Stan Tracey Orchestra (directed by Clark Tracey).
Performing with Carla Bley’s Jazz Orchestra in the 1990’s was of particular significance in Carla’s world premier commission ‘Birds of Paradise’ which featured violinist Alexander Balinescu. In 1995 Stewart Forbes became a founder member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with Tommy Smith, and for the next few years initially occupied the Baritone saxophone position and then later the lead alto position. Later, as a founder member and Baritone saxophonist - of the Scottish Composers Jazz Ensemble (directed by Tommy Smith) Stewart performed in the world premiere of Kenny Wheelers ‘Sometime Suite’ directed by and featuring Kenny Wheeler himself. In 2007 the SCJE performed the Barbara Thompson Jazz Tuba Concerto featuring James Gourlay, in the 2nd performance only of this piece. Stewart continues to be sought after as a saxophone player and doubler in professional touring shows such as 42nd Street, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Shrek, Priscilla, Fame, Grease, West Side Story, Me and My Girl, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof and many more