Jesse Stewart ©Brett Delmage, 2011
Jesse Stewart ©Brett Delmage, 2011
Ottawa jazz percussionist, composer, and educator Jesse Stewart was named to the Order of Ottawa last week.

He was among 15 local residents inducted into the order at a ceremony at City Hall on November 20. As part of the ceremony, Stewart performed alongside Korean master percussionist Dong-Won Kim, who was in Ottawa in order to perform and record with Stewart.  They had previously played together at this September's Guelph Jazz Festival.

The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture.

In 2012, the Stretch Orchestra (with Stewart, Kevin Breit, and Matt Brubeck) won the Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. Stewart has also performed with numerous other notable jazz musicians and avant-garde improvisers, in Ottawa and elsewhere. He has been widely commissioned as a composer and his music has been featured at festivals throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.

Stewart is an associate professor in the music department at Carleton University, and an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts program at the University of Ottawa. At Carleton, he received the Marston LaFrance Research Fellowship in 2013 and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Achievement Award in 2014. He has also volunteered his time to bring music and improvisation to local schools, H'Art of Ottawa, KidsAbility Youth Orchestra in Guelph, and the Ottawa Mission's Discovery University.

    – Alayne McGregor

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