Trumpeter Brandon Lee joins Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

GREENSBORO, NC - Jazz trumpeter Brandon Lee has joined the College of Visual and Performing Arts as Assistant Professor of Jazz. "Brandon Lee is a consummate musician and we are very happy that he is joining the UNCG family", says Steve Haines, director of the Miles Davis Jazz studies program.

Lee, a native of Houston Texas, was one of 18 students selected in 2001 to be a part of the newly-formed jazz program at the Juilliard School. While at Julliard, Lee performed with many of the jazz giants including Benny Golson, Kenny Barron, Ray Brown, Clark Terry, and Hank Jones. In 2007 Brandon completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music from The Julliard School.

In the fall of 2008, Brandon became the youngest person ever to join the faculty at Juilliard. As faculty, he served as an improvisation instructor, Artistic Coordinator of Educational Outreach, and conducted the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.

Lee released his debut recording From Within in August 2007, which has been featured on Satellite Radio around the globe. Absolute-Lee was released in March 2010, and led to Lee performing his first major solo-billing concert at the Wortham Theater in Houston, TX. Brandon has also recorded with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Vincent Herring, and Kirk Whalum, Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, David Berger Big Band, and Fat Cat Big Band.

Brandon performs frequently with his own group as well as with several other groups including, Tommy Igoe and the Birdland Big Band, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Kenny Barron Quintet, Kurt Elling, Christian McBride Big Band, David Berger Big Band, Fat Cat Big Band, Alon Yavnai and Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Brandon Lee will join the jazz faculty of the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program for the Fall 2013 semester.

Founded in 1998, the UNCG Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program boasts several small jazz groups, two large jazz ensembles, and many supportive courses in improvisation, arranging/composition, history, theory, ear training, pedagogy, and piano skills lead to the Bachelor of Music in Performance (Jazz Studies). Notable guest artists include Peter Bernstein, Lee Konitz, John Ellis, Marcus Printup, Joel Frahm, Seamus Blake, Donny McCaslin, and Ellis Marsalis.