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Tenor Joshua Stewart returns to Seattle Opera for 'Blue' and a jazz recital

Joshua Stewart
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Joshua Stewart

The New Orleans-born opera and jazz singer last visited KNKX in 2020 to talk about his role in "Charlie Parker's Yardbird." Robin Lloyd caught up with Joshua Stewart for a chat and a sample of what he's planning for his jazz recital on March 18.

Joshua Stewart is appearing as "The Son" in the award-winning opera "Blue," on stage at Seattle Opera through March 12.

Stewart is also performing a recital called "Peeling — A Journey Beyond Labels" on March 18 at Tagney Jones Hall in Opera Center, with Tacoma-based pianist Joe Williams, featuring songs by Black composers.

We talked about Stewart's roots in New Orleans and about peeling away the labels that get attached to artists, like "opera singer" and "jazz singer." Hear the interview on the "Listen" button above.

Stewart and Williams perform three songs: "Soliloquy" by John Wesley Work, "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child" by Harry Burleigh and "What A Wonderful World" by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss.

Thanks to Seattle Opera, videographer Bill Mohn and audio engineer Brian Moynihan.

Joshua Stewart | KNKX Studio Session

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.
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