Andrew Speight is a clear-toned, hard-driving alto sax player — one of the Bay Area’s most lively and lyrical exponents of straight-ahead, joyous jazz. A native of Sydney, Australia, Speight came of age playing with American stars like Percy Heath, Nat Adderley and Benny Carter as they passed through town. His 1998 CD, “Andrew Speight Quartet,” won an Aria Award, the Australian version of a Grammy. Speight has been in the U.S. since the early 90s, leading jazz programs first at Michigan State University and now at San Francisco State University. But most importantly, Speight has been blowing the doors off of every joint lucky enough to have him on the bandstand.
Focus: Jazz Saxophone