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As a college student in Chapel Hill, N.C., Scott Lee switched from a tennis career to a commitment to jazz. Upon finishing college, he dove into music by studying from books, band stand training, and taking lessons from the likes of Charlie Banacas, Dave Holland and Homer Mensch.

Arriving in New York in the late 70’s, one of Lee’s first gigs was touring and recording with Chet Baker. He went on to work with Lee Konitz, Zoot Simms, Al Cohn, Red Rodney, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Werner, and Joe Lovano. Also, he accompanied many singers such as Nancy Wilson, Chris Conner, Morgana King, Betty Buckley, Helen Merrill, Susannah McCorkle, and Anita O’Day.

In the orchestral world, Scott has shown his versatility by being part of the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s performance of Puchini’s “Gianni Schicci”, to the World Premiere of Charles Ives’ “Universe Symphony”

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stream: Second Stream

Read "Second Stream" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It is always a pleasure to hear a working band. Not a one-off meeting, or an all-star project hastily thrown together, both of which often promise more than they deliver--but a genuine team of musicians committed to a shared musical vision, one that can be honed and refined over the long course of a true collaborative ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Of the seventy or so albums I was fortunate to review this year (with many still waiting in the wings), the releases below (in chronological order) are those that moved me the most and hence that I remember the clearest, even after a year. The quality of the music is uniformly high, and leaving something off ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yago Vazquez/Scott Lee/Jeff Hirshfield: Stream

Read "Stream" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The “New Talent" on the very fine Fresh Sound New Talent release, Stream, is pianist Yago Vazquez, who hails from Spain, but who moved to NYC in 2008 to study at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he graduated with honors in 2010. His band mates in this cooperative piano trio are long ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yago Vazquez/Scott Lee/Jeff Hirshfield: Stream

Read "Stream" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

These are good times for piano trios. Emerging groups like those of Pier Luigi Salami and Romain Collin, as well as the more establish work of Stefano Battaglia, have contributed to a recent spate of highly creative and renewed approaches to the format. Add to that list pianist Yago Vazquez, bassist Scott Lee, and drummer Jeff ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yago Vazquez/Scott Lee/Jeff Hirshfield: Stream

Read "Stream" reviewed by James Nadal

Every once in a while, a studio recording depicts the spirit and sensitivity of a live club date. Stream, the self-titled release by the trio consisting of pianist Yago Vazquez, bassist Scott Lee, and drummer Jeff Hirshfield, does just that. They perform the repertoire as they have done in the countless clubs where they have taken ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cloning Americana: For Which It Stands

Read "For Which It Stands" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

What are the color and the tone and texture of the music of protest and rebellion? Not red, it appears, but red white and tinged with the blues. At least this is what is posited by Cloning Americana, the ensemble that comprises saxophonist/clarinetist Billy Drewes, pianist Gary Versace bassist Scott Lee and drummer Jeff Hirshfield. Their ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Eleven Current 2011 Releases From Dreambox Media!

Eleven Current 2011 Releases From Dreambox Media!

DMJ-1129 DENIS DiBLASIO / BRIAN BETZ Project: Flute / Guitar Denis DiBlasio's latest new release is another duo recording with guitarist Brian Betz, who this time around displays his rich acoustic guitar with DiBlasio exclusively on flute in an eight-tune program of all-original compositions. DMJ-1130 JORDAN BERGER's First Acoustic and electric bassist Jordan Berger's First comprises ...

Leaving

Label: SteepleChase Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Taxed; Two Ways; Musing; JGB; Old Friends Talking; Choice; The Connection; Leaving; Drummersome; What's Up; Shamrock.

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Scott Lee

Read "Take Five With Scott Lee" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Scott Lee:Scott Lee switched from a career in tennis at UNC-CH to jazz, after hearing the Bill Evans Trio. Arriving in NY in the '70s, he worked with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, Red Rodney, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Andy Statman, Chris Conner, Morgana King, Helen Merrill, Betty Buckley, and ...


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