D K Stewart was given an early opportunity to develop his own piano style. His departure from traditional classical piano lessons at age 14 led to a discovery of Jazx and Blues. This pursuit at a young age afforded D.K. the opportunity to meet and perform with a multitude of living blues legends; Big Walter Horton & S.P. Leary, Hubert Sumlin & Sunnyland Slim, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, James Cotton, Willie Dixon & the All Stars, Albert Collins, Sunnyland Slim, Sonny Terry & Browny Magee, Junior Walker, Clifton Chenier, Ray Charles, Paul Butterfield, George "Harmonica" Smith and BB King.
Stewart began his stage career by writing and performing with the "Nighthawks Band" out of Eugene, Oregon. This was the group that inspired the creation of John Belushi's "Blues Brothers", and later became the hardy force of road warriors that introduced Robert Cray to the west coast during the late 70's. (Tomato Records - 'Who's Been Talkin' - 1980). (See discography)
After producing and performing with NW giants Lloyd Jones, Robert Cray, Curtis Salgado, Jim Mesi, and Paul deLay, Stewart inevitably put his stage expertise to work for himself in 1985 by creating the "D.K. Stewart Trio". This effort produced his first solo project "The Sun Valley Sessions"(CR33-07), released in 1988, followed by "No Excuse for the Blues" (CR33-16), released in 1992. This last release of his third solo project "Don't Call Home" (CR-CD010) and induction into the "Muddy Hall Of Fame" by the Cascade Blues Association, has vaulted D.K. into the top echelon of the Northwest's finest performers. Stewart now performs regularly throughout the Northwest.
DK's vocal work is a tribute to Chicago-style blues singing with a little bit of New Orleans soul. This mixture of spicy "Barrelhouse" piano and hard driving southern rhythms, always produces a performance that's hard to forget and easy to dance to.
DK's bands come in various sizes and shapes depending on the nature of any given performance. The DK Sextet has been shaking the foundations of most NW Music Festival stages since it's inception in 2007, and features a wide range of blues and roots music tailored for dancers and festival-style events. This band features the "Soul Survivor Horns" (Chris Mercer on sax and most arrangements and Joe McCarthy on trumpet) The Quartet is designed for long-range travel and features the same hearty band of road dogs (Stewart-keys & Vox. Peter Dammann - guitar, Joseph Conrad - bass and Ed Pierce - Drums) who bring the Portland funk and blues sound to eleven NW states. The 3-DK Trio + One features DK with Mike Klobas on drums (also in the DK Duet) and Don Campbell on bass. Saxophonist Tim Jensen solo's with the "Plus-One" quartet as well as both Peter Dammann or Vyasa Dodson on guitars and other soloists of note from the Portland Music Scene. These smaller versions of DK's bands (Duet and Trio) feature a deeper, more introspective take on such jazz stylists as Percy Mayfield, Charles Brown, Nat Cole and Ray Charles.