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).
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“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:
Live performance and interview on WKCR NYC Columbia University Radio,
aired November 22, 2015,
Voice / vocals
New York City
Willing to teach
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.