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Lauren Lee

Lauren Lee is a forward-thinking vocalist, pianist, and composer based in New York City. A native of the St. Louis (MO) metropolitan area, her foray into creative music began as a teenager in the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, an experience that lead her on a wild goose chase of sorts to find her own sound in the adventurous music scene as a young innovator in a special brand of improvisation she calls “Vocal Instrumentalism”. Likened to female jazz pioneers that came before her like Carla Bley and Jen Shyu, Lee’s music has been described as, “equal parts hip jazz, avant adventure, and… something completely different” (John Pietaro, Dissident Arts). Her work intentionally inhabits this place of “between”, and in Lee’s case, the “between” is nestled between where jazz has been and where jazz is going.

Her work is praised for both her creative takes on jazz standards and her adventurous yet accessible original music and has performed across North and South America, Europe, and Asia as both a bandleader and sidewoman. She just arrived back in the US from a 5 week European tour that included the Stockholm Jazz Festival and the UNCOOL festival/artist in residence in Poschiavo, Switzerland. Currently, she is exploring new solo material and working in larger ensemble settings (quintet, etc).

“music without a net” Jazz Weekly

“Wayne Shorter described jazz as a challenge, and we believe that Lauren has addressed this challenge most successfully, especially with her vocalese, which is firmly rooted in the trio's instrumental texture”- Jose, www.lahabataciondeljazz.com (Spain)

“ 'Voyager' is a particularly exceptional track. Brilliant work, creativity, composition, and concept”- Zem Audu, jazz saxophonist (USA)

“The line between genius and insanity is never knowingly underserved. Like a boxing glove in a box. Four Stars!” - Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, www.allaboutjazz.com

Interview on “Divergent Paths” with Dan Dunford , aired February 8, 2016, talking about “The Consciousness Test”, life in NYC, and music in general: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode­26­singer­lauren­lee/id1028839 596? i=362366161&mt=2 www.facebook.com/divergentpathspod

Live performance and interview on WKCR­ NYC Columbia University Radio, aired November 22, 2015, https://soundcloud.com/velocityduo/sets/wkcr­live­constructions

Primary Instrument

Vocalist

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Creative and fun teacher, specializing in jazz vocal and piano, improvisation, and composition, all ages and levels. Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies): Webster University, 2009; Master of Music (Jazz Studies): New York University, 2011. Hour Lessons: $65; 90-Minute Lessons: $90 Available weekdays, daytime/afternoon preferred. I can come to you.

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Discography

The Consciousness Test

The Consciousness Test

Self Produced
2016

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Dichotomies

Dichotomies

Self Produced
2015

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Makebeliever

Makebeliever

Unknown label
2014

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Voyager

Voyager

Lauren Lee
The Consciousness Test

The Consciousness Test

The Consciousness Test

Lauren Lee
The Consciousness Test

Absence/Excess

Absence/Excess

Lauren Lee
Dichotomies

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