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Mike Lee

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Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, saxophonist Mike Lee has established himself in the New York City/Northern New Jersey area for many years. He balances a thriving performing career with a distinguished teaching resume. He performs regularly in New York City as a member of a wide array of jazz ensembles. His current associations include The Jimmy Heath Orchestra, The Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Wallace Roney’s Universe Orchestra, The Oliver Lake Big Band, The Loston Harris Trio, The Nat Adderley Jr. Quartet, Josh Evans Big Band, Dave Stryker, Frank Lacy, TS Monk, and The Roy Hargrove Big Band. He performs regularly at venues such as The Bluenote, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, The Jazz Gallery, Fat Cat, and Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Saxophonist Zoe Obadia

Read "Meet Saxophonist Zoe Obadia" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. In April 2019, alto saxophonist Zoe Obadia sat in with the Bill Charlap Trio to play Dave Brubeck's “Time Out" at International Jazz Day. “I was definitely very nervous to sit in with such an established and refined trio," she said," but I had fun and ...

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Article: Live Review

Mike Lee Quartet at the Metuchen Public Library

Read "Mike Lee Quartet at the Metuchen Public Library" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Mike Lee Quartet Metuchen Public Library Metuchen, NJ April 30, 2022 Tenor saxophonist Mike Lee is well into his middle years, a time when many jazz musicians fulfill the promise of their youthful endeavors. Lee's live appearances as a leader convey a deep-seated belief in the music, an impressive skill ...

Album

Song For All of Us

Label: IYOUWE Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Nighttown; Maywood; Voyage; Java Love; Last Minute; Shortstops; Snow Day; Very Early; Song for All of Us; Hey Lock!; It’s Easy To Remember.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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 ...

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News: Recording

Tenor Saxophonist Mike Lee New Release February 18th Song For All Of Us Featuring Lenny White, George Colligan, Dave Stryker & More!

Tenor Saxophonist Mike Lee New Release February 18th  Song For All Of Us Featuring Lenny White, George Colligan, Dave Stryker & More!

With his new release, Song For All of Us (IYOUWE Records), veteran saxophonist Mike Lee shows the breadth of his musical pallet. Lee works with his wide-ranging musical associations and weaves them together with innovative compositions as well as standard repertoire. There are several different band configurations within this offering. From the core trio of tenor ...

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Article: Live Review

Dave Stryker Quartet at Nighttown

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Dave Stryker Quartet Nighttown Cleveland, Ohio October 5, 2018 It's a tough sell these days for touring musicians to bring their own ensembles with them as they traverse the country. And let's face it, pick-up bands don't always lead to the optimum musical conditions. That's why it is always a pleasure ...

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Article: Live Review

Ted Chubb Band at Trumpets Jazz Club

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Ted Chubb Band Trumpets Jazz Club Montclair, NJ June 21, 2018 The other night I went to Trumpets Jazz Club to check out the Ted Chubb Band without any preconceptions as to what I was about to hear. I was nonetheless interested in answers to some basic questions. Knowing nothing about ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Jazz House Kids: The House that Jazz Built

Read "Jazz House Kids:  The House that Jazz Built" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar


When we think of jazz education, we might first think about what's developed at the college level and at music conservatories over the last fifty years or so, and then maybe consider how jazz instruction and jazz bands have flourished at the high school and middle school levels a little more recently. But beyond these settings, ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Stryker: Messin' with Mister T

Read "Messin' with Mister T" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Tenor saxophone legend Stanley Turrentine has been gone for some time now but not forgotten and certainly, not by those he performed with for many years. Guitarist Dave Stryker toured with Turrentine for over a decade and has always intended to pay proper respect to the jazz icon who meant so much to him personally. Messin' ...


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