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Russell Haight

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Dr. Russell Haight
Dr. Russell Haight

Dr. Russell Haight is an Associate Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Texas State University. He maintains a busy schedule across Texas, and has played throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, and China. In the jazz idiom, he has performed with luminaries such as Bobby Shew, Bill Watrous, and George Duke; in the commercial idiom, he has performed and arranged for multi-Grammy winner Christopher Cross and with blues artist Ruthie Foster on her Live at the Paramount album (nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award).

In 2017, Haight released Destination, his first album as a leader, which won a 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 or 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.

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.