"Wayne Shorter described jazz as a challenge, and we believe that Lauren has addressed this challenge most successfully, especially with her vocalese, which is firmly rooted in the trio's instrumental texture"- Jose, www.lahabataciondeljazz.com (Spain)
" 'Voyager' is a particularly exceptional track. Brilliant work, creativity, composition, and concept"- Zem Audu, jazz saxophonist (USA)
"The line between genius and insanity is never knowingly underserved. Like a boxing glove in a box. Four Stars!" - Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, www.allaboutjazz.com
"Music without a net"- JazzWeekly
A native of the St. Louis (MO) metropolitan area, her foray into creative music began as a teenager in the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, an experience that lead her on a wild goose chase of sorts to find her own sound in the adventurous music scene as a young innovator in a special brand of improvisation she calls “Vocal Instrumentalism”. Likened to female jazz pioneers that came before her like Carla Bley and Jen Shyu, Lee’s music has been described as, “equal parts hip jazz, avant adventure, and… something completely different” (John Pietaro, Dissident Arts). Her work intentionally inhabits this place of “between”, and in Lee’s case, the “between” is nestled between where jazz has been and where jazz is going. Her work is praised for both her creative takes on jazz standards and her adventurous yet accessible original music and has performed across North and South America, Europe, and Asia as both a bandleader and sidewoman. Her second album as a leader, Windowsill, will be released mid-2019, with Brad Mullholland on woodwinds, Marcos Varela on bass, and Andy O’Neill on drums.
Lauren Lee is a forward-thinking vocalist, pianist, and composer based in New York City on a wild goose chase of sorts to find her own sound in the adventurous music scene as a young innovator. Likened both to the female jazz pioneers that came before her as well as artists like Regina Spektor and Bjork, Lee's compositions and improvisational style nestle between straight ahead sensibilities and avant garde techniques. Her second album as a leader, Windowsill, will be released mid-2019 and features a quartet with Brad Mulholland on woodwinds, Marcos Varela on bass, and Andy O'Neill on drums.