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Mike Lee has a Song for All of Us

Read "Mike Lee has a Song for All of Us" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Mike Lee's compositions draw from an eclectic mixture of inspirations and yet are still rooted in the Jazz tradition. This can easily be felt on his latest album, Song for All of Us. The album features Mike Lee on tenor saxophone; Lenny White on drums; Ed Howard on bass; George Colligan on piano; Dave Stryker on guitar; Bruce Williams on alto saxophone; Julian Lee on tenor saxophone; and Matt Lee on drums. Join Mike and Lorens as they talk about ...

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Take Five With Mike Lee

Read "Take Five With Mike Lee" reviewed by Mike Lee

Meet Mike Lee:Mike Lee is a tenor saxophonist originally from Cleveland, OH and now living in Northern New Jersey. He's currently leader of the Cecil's Monday Night Big Band at Cecil's Jazz Club in West Orange New Jersey and co-leader of the acclaimed jazz quartet, New Tricks. He has released five albums as leader or co- leader, recorded as a sideman on albums by such jazz luminaries as Joe Lovano and Eliot Zigmund. Active as a jazz educator, ...

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Mike Lee / Ted Chubb: New Tricks

Read "New Tricks" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New Jersey resident, veteran educator, group leader and session ace Mike Lee pulls some new tricks out of an old bag on this 2009 quartet date with co-leader/trumpeter Ted Chubb. In the liners, Lee mentions that this aggregation found its origins via recurring jam sessions in his basement. They're a young and noble bunch of jazz warriors ready for battle. The proof lies within this hip session, based on crisp arrangements, resonant soloing and a tight-knit line of attack.

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Mike Lee: My Backyard

Read "My Backyard" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

You can add multi-reedman Mike Lee’s name to the lineage of notable jazz musicians who hail from Cleveland, Ohio. Yet these days, the saxophonist spends much of his time in the New York area, where he leads a productive life, performing with Maria Schneider and piloting his own bands along with a seemingly hectic schedule as an educator/clinician. Equally important is that the saxophonist has been gaining a reputation as one of the – baddest – improvisers on the scene ...

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Mike Lee: Above The Battleground

Read "Above The Battleground" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Based in New York City, Multi-Reedman Mike Lee has been receiving a good deal of attention these days and deservedly so. Lee’s work with “The Village Vanguard Orchestra”, Maria Schneider, performances with Sax titan Joe Lovano, gigs with Louie Bellson and others find Mike Lee in estimable company.

On his latest CD “Above The Battleground”, Lee enlists Trumpeter Tim Hagans, Bassist Ben Allison, Pianist Matt Lee and Drummer Tim Horner. Here, Lee steps out as a first class composer, fine ...