Lee has been gaining more and more acclaim as a talented and hard-working vocalist in the region. Her recent gigs have included The Dakota, The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and Hopkins Center for the Arts, as well as many of the local jazz venues. Lee was a participant in the 2008 edition of the prestigious Yale Cabaret Conference, and appeared at the Bloomington Center for the Arts in December 2009 with Debbie Duncan and Bruce Henry in a salute to the 60th anniversary of Birdland. Lee also has worked as Disc Jockey for the past 25 years, and has performed in radio, voice-overs, theater, and with a number of local Big Bands. She is also the current President of the Twin Cities Jazz Society.
Winner of the prestigious College of St. Catherine’s Leadership Award given by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, April 2003
Photography and Original Art Awards, College of St. Catherine, Works published in the Ariston Magazine, 2002 and 2004
Lee Engele's highly appealing voice is certainly worth hearing at much greater length. In The Key Of L gives one a taste of her musical talents. -Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
Lovable in its simplicity - and in its closeness. Ms. Engele's winsome voice is never overpowering, she always sounds very near; this one is a nice change of pace, and highly recommended. - gilrsingers.org - September 2010
Elegant yet simple, delivered with warmth and class.
- Leigh Kamman, The Jazz Image™ , Host & Spokesperson - MPR, NPR, BBC, NBC Monitor
A warm and sensuous CD - Pamela Espelund, MinnPost
Local songbird Lee Engele swings through the tunes with the greatest of ease, taking her listeners along for an evocative ride. - Andrea Canter, Jazz Police