Dr. Russell Haight is an Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Improvisation 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 which won an Electric Lady Bird Award and Silver Medal in the Global Music Awards. In 2019, he released his book, “Odd-Meter Etudes for Saxophone” with Mel Bay Publishers. As a researcher and educator, he has presented and performed at the International Saxophone Symposium, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, the Jazz Education Network conference, Texas Music Educators Association conference, the ProJazz Institute in Chile, and at universities throughout the southwestern region. As a jazz artist, he has performed with luminaries such as Bobby Shew, Vincent Herring, Butch Miles, Kirk Covington, 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.