Saxist-Singer-Composer Stuey Blue has been the opening act for such National recording artists as Wilson Pickett, The Trammps, The Staples Singers, Son Seals, Lonnie Books, Robert Gordon, Brownie Magee and Larry Coryell to name a few. In addition Stuey has played sax for major artists like the Coasters(Charlie Brown,Yakety Yak), Cadillacs(Speedo), Harptones, and Cleftones. His video with the Sceamin’ Honkers aired nationally on ABC, HBO, CNN, and other major networks. He performed his act in the major motion picture Ishtar starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty.
Stuey Blue began playing sax at the age of 10. By 15 he had formed his first band and began performing every weekend throughout his high school years. He studied jazz, composition, and world music at Wesleyan University in Middletown Ct. graduating in 1979 with a B.A. in Music. While at school he played in the school jazz band as well as performing regularly with his own band. After graduation he went on the road with the Otrabanda Theatrical Revue which performed shows in major cities such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, St Louis, Memphis, and N.Y.C.(Metopolitan Opera House) as well as in small towns along the Mississippi river. The musical revue was featured in an hour long PBS documentary as well as numerous TV spots. After the tour he settled in N.Y.C. performing in clubs with several bands and doing session work on CD’s and for TV and film.
In 1981 he formed his own band the critically acclaimed “Screamin Honkers” which were quickly hailed the “best bar band in town(N.Y.C)” by the Village Voice. They headlined at major clubs and venues like Studio 54, Peppermint Lounge, The Stone Pony, The Lone Star Café, Plaza Hotel, New York Athletic League, and The 930 club and colleges like StonyBrook, Univ. Of Richmond, Wesleyan, and Queens College, performing their own original compositions.
Their video aired nationally on ABC’s Hot Tracks, HBO, and CNN. They also appeared in the major motion picture “Ishtar” starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty. The band averaged 150 shows a year playing extensively in N.Y.C. and the Northeast states for many years. Their self-released albums sold well. Stuey’s exciting live shows, which featured him blowing his sax while dancing through the audience, dropping to his knees on the beat, jumping on tables and bars, playing on his back rocking and kicking his feet while wailing and honking to a jump beat, brought audiences to a frenzy. The band split up in the beginning of 1986 at which time Stuey, with Screamin’ Honker guitarist Marc Ryan, formed the first Stuey Blue Band. The band played out for a year but by January 1987 Stuey was totally exhausted and sadly retired from music.
Stuey moved down to South Florida in 1991 and in 2002 began to play music again. He joined the Deja Blue Blues band in January 2003 where he co-led the band as sax and vocalist. The band played regularly throughout South Florida. In 2005 Stuey formed his own band the “Stuey Blue Band”. The Stuey Blue Band released the critically acclaimed CD ”New Way Of Living’ in 2007. The CD was played all over the world and featured on many FM , College, and Internet radio stations. That same year he played the Sunfest and Riverwalk Blues Festivals with the Mary Washington Brooks Band featuring Bobby Nathan. In 2008 he recorded a smooth jazz CD with the Binary Spirals Band and in 2010 a live Blues CD with the Kenny Task and the 56 Deluxe Band called “LikeWe Do”. The year 2011 found him playing with the Coasters, Cadillacs, Harptones, Cleftones and Passions. 2012 found him with the Coasters and Skyiners for some more gigs. As of February 2012 he is a member of the Full Clip Band and Mary Washington Blues bands. He also performs regularly as a solo act doing shows for Seniors as well as cocktail hours. He’s currently working on his next CD.