jazz performance bio:

MR. RANDY LEE is a busy free-lance musician for various jazz gigs, dances, and receptions involving everything from Dixieland duos, to jazz combo, to Latin music, to big bands. Randy has performed with the Guy Lombardo (Al Pierson and the Royal Canadians), Russ Morgan, Harry James, and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, the Temptations, and the Four Tops.  Mr. Lee’s professional bands and other associations have found him accompanying the Mills Brothers, Wayne Newton, Steve Lippia, the Drifters, Bobby Vinton, Johnny Mathis and Marvin Hamlisch and such jazz notables as Bobby Shew, Rufus Reid, Lee Konitz, Bob Brookmeyer, Paul McKee, Tom Matta, Randy Brecker, Bob Baca, Rick DellaRatta (Jazz for Peace), and the “Straighten Up and Fly Right” Nat King Cole Tribute. He has frequently performed for six Casinos across MN and WI and has performed at Big Top Chautauqua and the Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center. Randy is the founder, Artistic Director, and a featured woodwind soloist of the Big Time Jazz Orchestra (www.bigtimejazz.org), a group twice chosen to play at the MN Music Educators Convention, selected to perform at the American School Band Directors‘ Association’s (ASBDA) 50th Anniversary Convention, and which has recorded two studio CDs of original compositions and arrangements (thanks to grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and the MN State Legislature). Mr. Lee has presented saxophone and jazz clinic sessions at national ASBDA Conventions and has performed with demonstration and jazz literature groups at MN Music Educators Conventions. Randy performed with a sax ensemble for the World Saxophone Congress, judged the Iowa High School Jazz Championships, was sax section coach for the MN All-State Jazz Band and Symphonic Band, has been selected three times to perform for the All-State Band Camp students and staff, has been a featured jazz soloist with the U of MN-Duluth Jazz Bands, and has worked with all three Duluth-Superior area college jazz bands. Randy is also active as a saxophone clinician. Other performance credits include the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Superior Saxophone Quartet, Twin Ports Wind Ensemble, and the Itasca Symphony Orchestra. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a minor in Jazz Studies from the U of MN-Duluth (UMD) and his Master of Science degree in Education-Instruction (MSE-I) from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Superior. He has served as adjunct staff at UMD and has directed Regional High School Honor Band and Jazz Bands and other regional Wisconsin and Minnesota jazz events. Mr. Lee has taught public school bands, jazz bands, and other music classes since 1982.


2 Responses to “About Randy”

  1. April 12, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Wow Randy…..if it was anyone else I’d say they were a chronic name dropper…lol But from what I hear from the area teahers and musicians is that you are one great player. Those great band eperiences must have been fun and educational. But you must be awesome to have even got those spots. Your bands sounds great, I can’t wait to meet you. Seriously…….and soon. Cullen Horne

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