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Empowering Students Through the Joy of Music and the Arts

LAUREN LEE

Piano

Armed with a vivid imagination, a relatable and easy pop-like vocal sound, and improvisational (improvisational) chops that rival any instrumentalist, Lauren Lee is a unique force to be reckoned with. Her command over her influences and technique is powerful enough to attract brand new audiences to jazz because she does not sound like anyone you have ever heard before. Her commitment to the tradition is embedded in learning from the masters, not copying them.

 

Lauren has been widely acclaimed for her versatile, visionary outlook on the future of the use of vocals in jazz and creative music, along with her ability to seamlessly double what she sings with her right hand at the piano. Her thoughtfully orchestrated compositions and improvisational work has often drawn comparisons to musicians like Kurt Rosenwinkel, George Benson, Esperanza Spalding, and Joni Mitchell, and has been regarded as some of the best and most creative of its generation:

 

“Among singers who play or pianists who also sing, she is at the top of the list”- New York Music Daily

 

“Lauren Lee is one of a new breed of singer-songwriter. She has all the bona fides of a traditional jazz singer, but she needs to do things her own way. As a singer and composer, she gives her imprimatur to cross-cultural experimentation and off-the-beaten-track forms of vocal expression, never straying far from the post-bop mother ship” – Suzanne Lorge, All About Jazz

 

“Ethereal and highly modern” -Downbeat Magazine 

 

She has released three records as a leader to date on the Argentinian jazz label ‘earsandeyes records’, and with each record was afforded significant touring opportunities across Europe, Canada, and the US, including the Stockholm Jazz Festival, the UNCOOL Festival (notably spearheaded by Marshall Allen’s Sun Ra Arkestra), Riga Jazz Stage, the Berkshires Jazz Festival, and the Queens Jazz Overground Festival. Recording and touring has been made possible with generous support from New Music USA, Artist Tree, The Doris Duke Foundation, South Arts/Jazz Road, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable. 

 

Lauren has worked with some of the finest creative minds in the industry, including Kenny Werner, Brian Lynch,  Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, Gil Goldstein, Billy Martin, Mark Whitfield, and Jon Davis, among others.