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Trumpeter, pianist, arranger and composer Tommy Stewart was born on November 19th, 1939. In 1964 he played with Fred Wesley and members of the 55th Army band. He wrote/composed for TV and played with Blue Note recording artist Duke Pearson. As an educator, Stewart served as assistant band director at Morehouse College and music instructor at Georgia State University. As a professional musician, Stewart has arranged for and performed with Sonny Stitt, Joe Newman, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Bobby Blue Band, Gladys Knight, Barry White, Wynton Marsalis, Issac Hayes, Lou Rawls, and Erskine Hawkins. He co-founded the African-American Philharmonic Orchestra and was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988. He composed the collectible musical score "The Burning of Atlanta" for Buddha Records, and worked as an arranger, producer, performer or writer for Clarence Carter, Candy Staton, Johnny Taylor, Major Lance, Eddie Kendricks, Luther Ingram, Millie Jackson, Flip Wilson, Roy Gaines, Tamiko Jones and many others. However, it is the self-titled 1976 album that most people associate him with, mostly because of the song "Bump And Hustle Music." "It was a last minute song, recorded on the spot," laughs Stewart. "It was the one we expected would do least well." The LP has a peach on the cover which was purely a marketing gimmick intended to help album sales through the popular Peaches music chain. "I didn't really hear any buzz on it until the 1980s. DJs in the UK had picked-up on it, I saw a review in their Blues and Soul magazine, I guess "Bump and Hustle Music" was quite a hit over there," says Stewart. "Then when the 1990s rolled around I was able to use the Internet and find out that it was getting lots of plays all around the world!"