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From: Lawrence Marotta


Some of you have worked with Matthew Sperry. He was
one of my best friends since we geeked out over King
Crimson 20 years ago in high school. He was hilarious,
a great musician, and had an amazing zest for life. I
loved him.

If there is any news of a memorial or a fund I will
pass it along.



Oakland musician dies in bike accident
By Laura Casey, STAFF WRITER

OAKLAND -- Accomplished Oakland musician Matthew
Sperry, who most recently played bass for the San
Francisco stage production of Hedwig and the Angry
Inch, was hit by a car and killed Thursday morning
while riding his bicycle on the Oakland/Emeryville

Oakland police spokeswoman Danielle Ashford said
Sperry, 34, was riding his bike north on Vallejo
Street at Powell Street about 9 a.m. when a
46-year-old Berkeley resident in a pick-up truck
turned left onto Powell Street and hit him.

The impact threw Sperry, who was wearing a helmet, off
his bicycle. Paramedics declared him dead at the

The Temescal neighborhood resident and bassist was
considered a rising star in the jazz scene.

According to the biography on his Web site, Sperry was

best known for his work with free improvised music,
but also performed subterranean pop, Jewish wedding
music and experimental chamber works. 

His improvisational work is featured in numerous
collaborations on the Limited Sedition label
( He can also be heard playing
with Tom Waits and Anthony Braxton on their latest releases.