Known for his “fluid playing and natural talent as a composer” (Peter Blackstock, Austin-American Statesman), Dr. Russell Haight is an Assistant Professor of Saxophone and the Director of Jazz Studies at Texas State University. He maintains a busy performance schedule in Texas, and has played throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, and China.
In 2017, Haight released Destination, his first album as a leader featuring eight original compositions and two arrangements; the album won a Silver Medal in the Global Music Awards. As a researcher and educator, he has presented at the International Saxophone Symposium, the Jazz Education Network conference, Texas Music Educators’ Association conference, and the ProJazz Institute in Chile. As a jazz artist, he has performed with luminaries such as Bobby Shew, Vincent Herring, Ralph Bowen, Doug Lawrence, Kirk Covington, Dan Miller, Andre Hayward, Rufus Reid, Bill Watrous, and the late George Duke.
Haight earned his Doctorate degree in Jazz Performance from The University of Texas. Skilled at both performance and research, he earned the Eleanor Stribling Award for Excellence in Jazz Performance and the prestigious Butler School of Music Outstanding Dissertation award while at UT.