Lauren Lee is a forward-thinking vocalist, pianist, and composer based in New York City. 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.
An innovator in improvised vocal music, all three of Lee’s projects feature her voice and creativity. Her “Space Jazz” Trio (with Lee, vocals/piano, Charley Sabatino, bass, and Andy O’Neill, drums) and “Velocity Duo” (with Charley Sabatino, bass) have released critically acclaimed albums in 2016 and 2015 respectively and have enjoyed success in American and European markets, each with corresponding touring on two continents. Her newly formed “Exploration Ensemble” features a rotating cast of musicians playing original compositions with an adventurous, childlike theme and has enjoyed success in the New York City area.