In addition to his work for drum set, found objects, and instruments of his own design, Jesse is one of the few virtuosos of the waterphone, an experimental percussion instrument invented in the 1960s by American inventor Richard Waters. Jesse has developed a wide range of extended techniques for the waterphone that he uses in solo concerts and in a variety of ensemble contexts.
A quote from Richard Waters, inventor of the waterphone, about Jesse Stewart:
“Jesse Stewart is rapidly becoming a music wizard on the MegaBass Waterphone by coaxing new sounds from the instrument. I consider Jesse to be a very creative and inventive forerunner of others who will follow. He is in short, a Master Waterphone Player.”