Born and raised in New York City, Stew Cutler developed a keen interest in the guitar at an early age. Cutler hit the road at age 19, getting his first gig with blues legend Z.Z. Hill. He began working with instrumental pioneers Bobby Previte and Eliot Sharp. He later moved to Woodstock, NY and worked with bassist Harvey Brooks and many others.
Cutler's sideman work includes musical greats such as: Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett, Fontella Bass, Jimmy Castor, and more. Recently, Cutler was invited to perform the last European tour of Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers.
Cutler has also worked with jazz greats David Sanborn, Bill Frisell, Lester Bowie, Charlie Hunter, Wayne Horvitz to name a few as well as artists as diverse as Meatloaf, Jeb Loy Nichols, David Fanshawe, Sweet Georgia Brown, and Jimmy Dale Gilmore among others.
Cutlers first cd titled “Trio Music” was on Fountainbleu records and 2nd release “Insignia” on the Naim label. His following release, “So Many Streams” was on Fountainbleu "Trio Live" highlights Cutler's powerfully driven live performances. His following cd titled "After Hours", brings it all the way back to his late-night jazz and soul roots.
Stew's latest release is titled "Every Sunday Night" has his live band into the studio and the result is an incredible musical journey. Stellar cast including Bobby Harden vocals, Nick Semrad organ, Julian Pollack organ, Chulo Gatewood bass and JT Bowen vocal.
Cutler is working on an early 2021 blues driven recording.