Born and raised in New York City, Stew Cutler developed a keen interest in the guitar at an early age. Growing proficient, and with confidence, he left for the open road at 19 his first gig being with blues legend Z.Z. Hill. Seeking to push and hone his skills, Stew also began playing with new music pioneers Bobby Previte and Eliot Sharp. He later moved to Woodstock, NY to work with bassist Harvey Brooks (Miles Davis, Bob Dylan).
As a sideman, Stew has performed the world over with the greats: Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett, Fontella Bass, The Fantastic Johnny C, Earl King, Jimmy Castor, and more recently, Queen Esther Marrow the Harlem Gospel Singers and Sweet Georgia Brown. He has worked with artists as diverse as Meatloaf, Jeb Loy Nichols, David Fanshawe and Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Stew as also worked with many of the greats of Jazz and modern music, including David Sanborn, Bill Frisell, Lester Bowie, Charlie Hunter, Wayne Horvitz, Bobby Previte, Robin Holcomb, Philip Johnston, and Eliot Sharp to name a few.
With the success of his first two CDs “Trio Music” on Fountainbleu records and “Insignia” on the Naim label, Stew has developed a unique sound, R&B and Jazz, melody and noise. With “So Many Streams” (Fountainbleu) Stew shows his Blues and Roots side. Trio Live gives the listener the most exciting side of Stew yet, his live performance. His latest CD, "After Hours" brings Stew all the way back to his late night jazz and soul roots.