Andrew Speight's Bebop Night
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 7:30 PM PDT
Stanford University Campbell Recital Hall, Palo Alto, CA
"Andrew Speight, a clear-toned hard driving alto saxophonist known for his incendiary bebop lines." --Allaboutjazz.com
Bebop is the ultimate musical thrill ride. Inspired by the melodic genius of Charlie Parker, the wit and brilliance of Dizzy Gillespie, and the iconoclastic individuality of Thelonious Monk, the bop revolution rewrote the rules of jazz and spurred musicians on to incredible feats of virtuosity and creativity. A bebop soloist must think on his feet, carving improvisational art out of the surging energy of a blistering tempo and sophisticated harmony, and when it's done right, it's breathtaking. Alto saxophonist Andrew Speight can bop with the best of them. Growing up in Sydney, Australia, his early exposure to jazz came from his father, a pianist who often accompanied touring American jazz artists and instilled in him a deep love of straight-ahead jazz. Speight has worked with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Milt Hinton, Branford Marsalis, Jimmy Cobb, and countless others in performances all over the world. These days, he is an invaluable asset to the Bay Area jazz scene and a lecturer at San Francisco State University.