Glenn Spearman

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Glenn Spearman (February 14, 1947 – October 8, 1998) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He was specifically associated with free jazz and experimental music.

Spearman was active in Oakland, California from the late 1960s, but moved to Paris in 1972, where he co-founded an ensemble called Emergency with the bassist Bob Reid. This group recorded two albums, performed on radio and television in France, and appeared at the festival in Avignon. He spent time as an artist-in-residence in Rotterdam and touring through Europe before returning to the United States in 1983. Following his return he worked in the Cecil Taylor Unit, working primarily out of San Francisco, though he performed on both sides of the Atlantic through the 1980s. In the 1990s, he led a Double Trio which included Larry Ochs, William Winant, and Lisle Ellis as sidemen; this ensemble played at the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. They were also commissioned for a piece by the Move Dance Theater, which was performed at Laney College. He worked with the Rova Saxophone Quartet and with filmmaker Lynn Marie Kirby, in addition to teaching at Mills College.
He died of cancer in 1998. He is survived by his four children: Rose Stigter-Spearman, Ahmad Spearman, Jihan Spearman and Angelica Spearwoman; his two step-children Jennifer Jessica Kingeter (now deceased) and Jasper Kingeter; and his wife, Shantee.


As Leader

  • Night After Night (Musa-Physics Records, 1981 RARE)
  • Utterance (Cadence, 1990; issued 1999)
  • Mystery Project (Black Saint, 1993)
  • Smokehouse (Black Saint, 1994)
  • Free Worlds (Black Saint, 1994)
  • The Fields (Black Saint, 1996)
  • Th (CIMP, 1997)
  • Blues for Falasha (Tzadik, 1997)
  • Let it Go (Red Toucan, 1997)
  • First and Last (Eremite, 1997)
  • Surya:Stretch the Edge (1997)
  • Working with the Elements (CIMP, 1998)

With Emergency

As Sideman