Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Dick Whittington Trio with special guest Andrew Speight


The Dick Whittington Trio with special guest Andrew Speight

Compositions by Monk, Miles, Coltrane, Golson and composers of jazz standards of 30's - 60's

Dick Whittington - piano
Robb Fisher - bass
Vince Lateano - drums

featuring

Andrew Speight - alto

The Dick Whittington Trio featuring Andrew Speight
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 3:00pm
Admission: $25 at the door
This event is sold out.



Dick Whittington grew up in Los Angeles and started playing "Boogie Woogie" piano by ear when he was four. After a few failed attempts at classical lessons, he continued teaching himself by copying the jazz and popular music of the 1940's that he heard on radio and records. While receiving his degree in elementary education, he continued working gigs with Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Criss, Barney Kessel and Charles Lloyd, later accompanying vocalists Anita O'day, Ernestine Anderson, Dinah Washington and Mel Torme.

When a 1961 tour with saxophonist Dexter Gordon concluded at San Francisco's Jazz Workshop, Dick relocated to Berkeley, where he co-founded the Berkeley Schools Jazz Band Program, which helped launch the careers of Benny Green, Joshua Redmon and many others. Since then he has performed with many jazz greats, including: Stan Getz, James Moody, Lee Konitz, Eddie Harris and Chet Baker. In 1986, he and his wife, Marilyn, founded the Maybeck Recital Hall. Producing over five hundred jazz and classical concerts, including the internationally acclaimed "Live at Maybeck" solo piano series on Concord Records.

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. Andrew’s jazz epiphany occurred when he got to see Sonny Stitt perform live, and he’s never looked back. After touring with Nat Adderly, Joe Williams, and Louie Bellson, Andrew came to the U.S. in 1991 to compete in the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Saxophone Competition, where he was the only non-American finalist. Since then, Andrew 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 Professor of Jazz Studies at San Francisco State University, and, of course, as one of the core faculty members at SJW.