All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » KyungGu Lee

KyungGu Lee KyungGu Lee

At age of 15, KyungGu happened to see the saxophones in a department store. Then a year had passed before he got a chance to play the instrument that had delighted and enchanted him. From the moment he laid his fingers on it he instantly fell in love; the saxophone and he were destined to go through life together.

In 1999, he enrolled into Seoul Institute of Arts, which had produced a large number of distinguished musicians in Korea, and had the first opportunity to interact with other musicians. This immersion into a community of great musicians and the learning that came from interacting with them were just two of many benefits he reaped. While at Seoul Institute of Arts, he joined the National Navy Entertainment Band as a saxophonist. For three years, he had traveled the country extensively and performing regularly during this time was an extremely valuable experience. After graduating the school, he performed in main stream of Korea such as National Theaters, TV shows, and local jazz clubs. In addition, he taught jazz through private lessons and as a staff of several music schools in Seoul.

Despite his settled music life in Korea, he came to New York to pursue his dream further in January of 2006. He believes that everything he respects and loves about jazz exists New York. He first enrolled to the prestigious New School for Contemporary and Jazz Program and got opportunities to study with Jim Snidero, Dan Greenblatt, Rory Stuart, Joel Frahm, Donny McCaslin, Jimmy Green, Rich Perry, Charles Tolliver, Reggie Workman, and Mark Turner. Then, he has continued his studies at SUNY Purchase College for graduate study with Steve Wilson, Eric Alexander, Ralph Lalama, Hal Galper, John Faddis, and Todd Coolman. All his learning experiences with them have broadened and enriched his music.

Read more

Tags

Album Review
Read more articles
Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Photos

Albums

Album New Song by KyungGu Lee

New Song

Self Produced
2012

buy

Watch

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.