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Smith Dobson/Andrew Speight Quintet

  • Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery Street San Francisco, CA, 94131 United States (map)

$10-20 suggested donation, $5 for students, musicians and low-income

Smith Dobson and Andrew Speight, saxophones
Keith Saunders, piano
Eric Markowitz, bass
Tony Johnson, drums

Two of San Francisco’s top saxophone players go head to head, backed by an all-star rhythm section!

Bay Area multi-instrumentalist (Saxophone/Drums/Vibraphone) Smith Dobson has worked with jazz legends like Bobby Hutcherson, Red Rodney, John Handy, Sheila Jordan, Red Holloway, Pete and Conte Condoli, Phillip Harper, and Ben Goldberg, and performed at major Bay Area venues, such as the SFJAZZ, Monterey Jazz Festival, Yoshi's, Great American Music Hall, California Jazz Conservatory, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Club Deluxe.

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 album, Andrew Speight Quartet, won an Aria Award, the Australian version of a Grammy. Speight has led jazz programs first at Michigan State University and now at San Francisco State. But most importantly, Speight has been blowing the doors off of every joint lucky enough to have him on the bandstand.

Earlier Event: December 13
Michael Ode Sextet