Bill Stewart began playing drums at the age of seven and from an early age, frequently listened to jazz. While attending school at William Patterson College, Bill studied with Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, Harold Mabern and Dave Samuels.
In the later half of the 1980's, Bill Stewart began to make a name for himself on the New York Jazz scene. He first recorded with Scott Kreitzer and Maceo Parker before spending five years as a sideman with John Scofield. Bill has risen to the top of the "first call list" of Jazz and Fusion musicians. Based in New York, he continues to work with artists such as Larry Goldings, Michael Brecker, James Brown, Ron McClure, Kevin Hays, Pat Metheny, George Garzone, Tim Hagans, Joe Lovano and Andy LaVergne to name a few. Bill can be heard on Pat Metheny's most recent album "Trio 99-00" released in February of 2000.
Bill Stewart has also recorded and released 3 albums as a bandleader. "Think Before You Think"-1990, "Snide Remarks"-1995 and "Telepathy"-1997. Snide Remarks was named as one of the "Top Ten" albums of 1995 by New York Times Jazz Critic Peter Waltrous.
Bill Stewart has also gained much acclaim throughout his prolific career including his two time win in Downbeat Critics Poll category of "Drummers Deserving Wider Recognition". In May of 1997, Bill also performed with Larry Goldings and Peter Bernstein at Modern Drummer's 10th Anniversary Weekend. In November 2000, Bill conducted a clinic before hundreds students, fans and enthusiasts at The Percussive Arts Society's Annual Convention (PASIC) in Dallas Texas.
In 2004, Zildjian introduced 22" K Custom Special Dry Complex Rides, Thin and Medium Thin weights, in collaboration with Bill. According to Bill; "The K Custom Special Dry Complex Ride has some trashy quality, but can also be articulate. The nice crash sound gets out of the way quickly while a clean stick sound or click is evident when riding. These cymbals are very pretty, yet can be very nasty."
With his unique playing style and soulful approach to playing, Bill Stewart has become one of the preeminent Jazz musicians of current time.