A San Francisco-based pianist, composer, arranger and producer, Lee has worked with a variety of creative artists in many genres including MADELEINE PEYROUX, PETE ESCOVEDO, HAL STEIN, MARY STALLINGS, JONATHAN PORETZ, TODD PHILLIPS, STEVE HECKMAN, JAMIE DAVIS, DAN HICKS, among others. As pianist, Lee contributed to the forthcoming tribute recording to bluegrass icon Hazel Dickens, accompanying vocalists ELVIS COSTELLO, ROSANNE CASH and MADELEINE PEYROUX. The project is being produced by Todd Phillips. Lee was also producer and pianist on "Spirit!" the 2006 release by saxophone legend HAL STEIN. In addition to leading his own trio and quintet, Lee performs regularly as solo pianist and accompanies many instrumentalists and vocalists. As a composer, Lee attempts to synthesize varied influences - from Bud Powell, Ahmad Jamal, and Wayne Shorter to Modernist Architecture, Vaudeville, Floyd Cramer and TV sitcoms.

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From 2001-2008 Lee was pianist in the legendary Hal Stein Quartet, performing at Bay Area venues including Yoshi's, Jazz at Pearl's, the Jazzschool, Berkeley's Chamber Arts House, and Stanford University. A master jazz saxophonist, Stein (1928-2008) played with a remarkable roster of seminal jazz artists including Ben Webster, Erroll Garner, Teddy Wilson, Charles Mingus, Bill Evans, Roy Haynes and Joe Henderson, among many others. Lee produced as well as played piano on Hal's 2006 release "Spirit!", available on CD Baby and iTunes.

Lee appears regularly at Bay Area clubs and festivals as pianist/arranger with vocalist Jonathan Poretz. He can be heard on Poretz' debut recording "A Lot Of Livin' To Do" on the Pacific Coast Jazz label. Lee is also a member of Palindrome, an innovative jazz quintet which performs original compositions.

During the late 1990's Lee played weekly in the house band at North Beach's famed "Enrico's". He has toured with jazz groups in the United States and Europe, performing at several major jazz festivals. He has freelanced (performing and/or recording) with vocalists Madeleine Peyroux, Mary Stallings (Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine), Jamie Davis (Count Basie Orchestra), Denise Perrier, Dan Hicks, Maye Cavallaro, Laurie Antonioli, Deborah Winters, Jackie Ryan, Duane Lawrence, Rachael Magidson, Sony Holland, Jonathan Poretz, Barbara Linn and Bob Dalpe. He has also worked with instrumentalists Eddie Marshall (Stan Getz, Bobby McFerrin), Marcus Shelby, Vince Lateano (Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi), Hal Stein (Claude Thornhill, Charles Mingus), Noel Jewkes, John Schott (TJ Kirk), Ron Graham, Mitch Marcus, Danny Spencer (Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon), Chris Amberger (Art Blakey, George Shearing), Akira Tana, Graham Bruce, Vince Wallace, Andrew Speight, Darren Johnston, Pete Yellin, Michael Marcus (Albert King, Billy Higgins), Steve Heckman, Sarah Manning, Andre Sumelius, Brian Lovely (Adrian Belew), Domenico Stocchi, Igor Leonardi, Lada Kerndl, Charles Belonzi, Peppe Merolla, Donald Bailey, Kash Killion, Stuart Duncan, Todd Phillips and Iva Bittova.

Lee has served as artist-in-residence, guest artist or clinician for: The JazzSchool in Berkeley, SF JAZZ (Piano Series), The Urban School and Lick-Wilmerding High Schools in San Francisco, and Redwood High School in Marin County.

Lee is unique in the jazz world in that he comes to music with a parallel passion for architecture, design and the visual arts. Since childhood he has been fascinated by the inter-connectedness of visual and musical phenomena. With an academic background in City Planning and Architecture, Lee became a licensed Architect whose work has received numerous awards and been published in Metropolis, Interior Design, and Architecture Magazine. Lee has been guest architecture juror at UC Berkeley and San Jose State University. At the California College of Art in San Francisco, he recently co-developed and taught a design studio which investigated the links between Fashion Design and Music.

In his work as a session player, Lee has contributed to a variety of recording projects ranging from straight-ahead jazz to folk, funk, heavy metal and even country and western. Lee has published his writings on jazz as a contributor to the All Music Guide to Jazz, 3rd edition. His work can also be found online at Allmusic.com and Getmusic.com

Current recording projects include a collection of piano music (recorded with Grammy winner Todd Phillips), Lee's original compositions for jazz trio and quintet, a collaboration with pianist David Udolf and percussionist Walle Schnalle called 3:frog, plus new CDs from vocalists Suzanna Smith, Jeannine Bonstelle, Daragh Adamson, Jonathan Poretz, singer/songwriter Larry O. Dean, the Scott Young/Tom Griesser Sextet and the John Mattern Quartet.