Chris Speed is a composer, clarinetist and saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY, and is “one of the principal figures in a dynamic left-of-center jazz/ improv scene in the city” –NYTIMES. His own bands past and present include Endangered Blood, Human Feel, yeah NO, Trio Iffy, Pachora and The Clarinets. He is a founding member of Jim Black’s Alas No Axis and John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet. Born in 1967, Speed grew up in the Seattle area and ended up in Boston in the late 80's where he studied at New England Conservatory. In 1992, Speed had moved to New York City and started working with Tim Berne’s Bloodcount as well as other pioneering NYC bands. Current projects include work with Craig Taborn's Heroic Frenzies, Matt Mitchell's Quartet, Mary Halvorson's Reverse Blue, Dave King's Trucking Co., Banda de los Muertos (NYC’s only Banda band), as well as touring with Endangered Blood (Black, Trevor Dunn and Oscar Noriega) and his new trio with Dave King and Chris Tordini.