Led by Romanian expat pianist Lucian Ban, TUBA PROJECT (Bob Stewart, tuba; Bruce Williams, saxophones; Joe Fiedler, trombone; Brandon Lewis, drums; Lucian Ban, piano) is a unique ensemble built around the sound of one of the greatest tuba players in jazz – Mr. BOB STEWART. Founded in 2004 by Lucian Ban and baritone saxist Alex Harding the Tuba Project released an acclaimed album in 2006, featuring J.D.Allen on tenor, Derrek Phillips on drums along with Mr Ban, Harding and Bob Stewart and has since performed hundred concerts in US and Europe. The ensemble features some of the finest improvisers on the scene – Bruce Williams on alto sax & flute and Joe Fiedler on trombone.
Pulsating blues, new orleans riffs, post bop lines, funk grooves and free jazz outbursts can be found in their music but the sound of the group goes well beyond all those to become a voice of its own. playing original music the four musicians have to be seen and heard to get the full picture.
Bob Stewart is one of the best tuba players ever to come in jazz. A virtuoso tuba player, Bob Stewart's solos explore his instrument's full range and show its ability to serve as both lead and support within the jazz ensemble Since his groundbreaking recordings with altoist Arthur Blythe for Columbia Records Mr. Stewart has proved to be an unique and outstanding musician on his instrument. - Mr. Stewart has performed/recorded with an extraordinary list of musicians among them: Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Dave Burrell, Howard Johnson, Arthur Blythe, Jerome Harris, Graham Haynes, Steve Turre, Carlos Ward, and the list goes on.
All About Jazz says about Tuba Project “ … The Tuba Project is hard to resist. This music is so alive and full of spirit that it will demand and get your willing attention as you travel emotionally with the band. The trip is well worth every minute…”
Budd Kopman writes ” … with The Tuba Project, Lucian Ban and Alex Harding have put together a raucous, bluesy, energetic, and at times ecstatic album. Drawing from deep roots in jazz and Afro-American music, these musicians play with a contagious abandon….”
More information about the Tuba Project at the musicians' websites: Lucian Ban & Bob Stewart.