Born in Toronto, Canada on June 4, 1971, Grant Stewart was exposed to the music of Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray and Coleman Hawkins by his father, a high school English teacher and semiprofessional guitarist. He began with the alto saxophone at age 10, and when he was 14 his first teacher, noted Toronto bandleader Pete Schofield, invited him to play professionally in Schofield's Big Band.  At 17 he switched to the tenor saxophone and was soon playing with such master saxophonists as Pat Labarbara and Bob Mover. Since moving to New York City at the age of 19, Stewart has studied with such masters as Donald Byrd, Barry Harris, and Joe Lovano, and performed with countless greats. He was one of the first jazz artists to be invited to play at the historical Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and was a featured artist at the Guggenheim Museum's Jazz series with his trio including drum legend Jimmy Cobb. Stewart has performed all over North America and Europe as well as in Japan, Brazil and Taiwan. To learn more about Grant Stewart, visit