Renowned Irish jazz musician Louis Stewart has passed away at the age of 72.

Born in Waterford, Stewart began his international career in 1968 when he was awarded the special jury prize at The Montreaux International Jazz Festival and went on to perform all over the world.

He was a member of the Aosdana and the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree in music from Trinity College Dublin in 1998.

Through the course of his career, Stewart worked alongside Benny Goodman, George Shearing and Tubby Hayes, and performed as part of Ronnie Scott's quartet and quintet for many years.

In the 1970s Stewart began working with Canadian orchestrator Robert Farnon. They went on to record at least 10 albums together.

Most recently in 2013, Stewart recorded an album of duets, Tunes, with life-long friend Jim Doherty.