Hi! My name is Kenji Lee and I am a jazz saxophonist based in Metro-Detroit. My band plays a variety of styles ranging from Rock to Soul to Jazz. We are happy to accommodate any needs that you would need for live music at your event.
Not only were they amazing artists that brought our show to a whole new level, but they were professional and a joy to work with. I would hire them again without hesitation.
What a band! These young musicians are so talented and so personable, you'd be lucky to book them. Truly great performers.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
Punctuality, low maintenance, professionalism and quality performance. Audiences always leave happy, from children to the elderly. We can perform jazz, funk, soul, New Orleans street music, and anything else that will want you to get on your feet and move to the beat! At the same time we have the control to play at low volumes to set the ambiance of a room in quiet, more serious situations. Most importantly, we are versatile.
Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Southern California, jazz saxophonist Kenji Lee has already made his mark as a remarkable improviser, composer, and musician. He is the protege and former bandmate of late-great bassist Roger Shew. He currently performs regularly as a member of the Davy Lazar Group, "Juarez - Lee - Alvarez", and with various other groups. Kenji has also lent his talents to the pop/hip-hop realm, performing with the likes of Allen Stone, Vic Mensa, and Lil Dicky.
Kenji was mentored by many Southern California jazz heavyweights, including Roger Shew and Jeff Ellwood. Kenji is currently pursuing a formal education at the University of Michigan, where he studies with Benny Green, Robert Hurst, and Andrew Bishop.
Kenji has performed with some of the most legendary names in jazz including Gary Burton, Carl Allen, Kendrick Scott, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Irabagon, Robert Hurst, and Benny Green.
In April 2015, Kenji traveled to New York City to perform a series of original compositions for large ensemble at Carnegie Hall as a part of the historic Carnegie Hall Heritage Festival. Later that year, Kenji won the coveted title of "2015 Orange County Register Artist of the Year" (Instrumental Music).
Kenji has performed at various venues across the country including Carnegie Hall (New York City), Cliff Bell's (Detroit, MI), Jazz Central Studios (Minneapolis, MN), Bert's Marketplace (Detroit, MI), Kerrytown Concert House (Ann Arbor, MI), Steamer's Jazz Cafe (Fullerton, CA), and Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (Costa Mesa, CA).
Kenji currently splits his time between being a music student at the University of Michigan, performing professionally, and working as the Canterbury House's Concert Series Coordinator.
Additional Booking Notes
The only requirement for performances is a wall outlet or power source. Kenji's ensembles are no maintenance and supply all of their own gear. If there is a piano available at the space they will use that but if not the ensemble playing will use an electronic keyboard. As far as dress, the ensemble can wear anything from casual to black tie, completely at the discretion of the Client.
Past Booked Events
|June 28, 2018 • 3:00pm - 9:30pm||Cultural Event|
|April 28, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Birthday Party|
We can perform any songs at your request or provide you music from our band's jazz repertoire!
Influences & Inspiration
John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Bud Powell.
None! We provide our own equipment.
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