Mike Lee

Born: April 10, 1963    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Mike Lee

Saxophonist Mike Lee

Mike Lee’s musical career has taken him many places musically and around the world. From the mid to late 80’s he resided in Brooklyn, New York where developed his musical concepts with many associates and mentors. This period of creative inspiration was high-lighted by his lessons with Joe Lovano and his musical collaborations with his then roommate, Dave Douglas.

Inspired by the wealth of information these associations gave him, he returned to Cleveland to assimilate this material. This was a productive time musically. Along with constant practicing this period was punctuated by gigs with Marcus Belgrave, Bobby Watson, Geri Allen, Joe Lovano, Rosemary Clooney, Marlon Jordan, Johnny Coles and touring as a member of the Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd....
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As a Leader

Alternate Side - New Tricks
Self Produced
Personnel: Mike Lee: Saxophones, Ted Chubb: Trumpet, Kellen Harrison: Bass, Shawn Baltazor: Drums.

New Tricks
Self Produced
Personnel: Mike Lee: Saxophones, Ted Chubb: Trumpet, Kellen Harrison: Bass, Shawn Baltazor: Drums.

My Backyard
Personnel: Mike Lee: Saxophones, John Hart: Guitar, Rebecca Harris-Lee: Violin, Matt Ray: Piano, Andy McKee: Bass, Tim Horner: Drums

Above the Battleground
Consolidated Artists Productions
Personnel: Mike Lee: Saxophones, Tim Horner: Trumpet, Matt Ray: Piano, Ben Allison: Bass, Tim Horner: Drums

The Quiet Answer
Self Produced
Personnel: Mike Lee: Saxophones, Chip Stephens: Piano, Kevin Muhammad: Bass, Ron Godale: Drums

As A Side Musician

Eliot Zigmund
Steeple Chase
Personnel: Mike Lee: Saxophones, Gary Versace: Piano, Phil Palombi: Bass, Eliot Zigmund: Drums

The Surprise of Being -- Live at Birdland
Joe Lovano
Personnel: Joe Lovano, vocalist Judi Silvano, saxophonist Mike Lee, pianist Russ Schmidt, vibist Ron Busch, drummer Nate Douds, and trumpeters Jack Schantz and Jim Powell.

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, tenor

Montclair, NJ

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

I’ve had the good fortune of teaching some extraordinary young musicians, who have gone on to attend some of the top music schools in the country on full or partial scholarships. Currently, former students of mine are attending The New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and The University of Miami, among others. My current rates are $35 for 1/2 hour lessons, $48 for 45 minutes and $60 for one hour.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
As a clinician for Conn-Selmer Mike Lee presents jazz improvisation workshops for music students of all levels. These sessions range from discussions of principle elements in improvisation and improvisation education to fine nuances of rhythm and interaction among musicians. The major elements of jazz are presented with a special emphasis on two often overlooked aspects of jazz style: blues and ballads. Within these two styles lie the foundation for all jazz playing and the keys to unlocking a student’s individual voice. Students are taken through several playing drills which quickly and dramatically improve ensemble groove on ballads and up tempo tunes, develop group interaction and teach economy and use of space to soloists. Mr. Lee also lectures on music business practices, jazz composition, recording objectives and overcoming destructive thought processes in musical performances. Mike Has Presented Workshops at the following Universities: Akron University Bowling Green State University Cleveland State University Depauw University Eastman School of Music Fresno City College Indiana State University Interlochen Arts Academy Iowa State University Knox College Northern Illinois University Oberlin Conservatory Ohio State University South Suburban College Southwestern Community College St. Petersburg Jr. College University of California- Bakersfield University of California – Fresno University of California – Los Angeles University of Cincinnati University of Colorado, Denver University of Iowa University of Miami University of Minnesota University of Northern Iowa University of Northern Colorado University of Redlands University of South Florida University of Tampa University of Wisc., Stevens Point University of Wisconsin, Platteville University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse Western Illinois University Wichita State University Youngstown State University

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