Jeanne Lee

Genres: Jazz

Biography

29 January 1939, New York City, New York, USA, d. 25 October 2000, Tijuana, Mexico. Lee studied modern dance at Bard College (1956-60), where she met Ran Blake. They began to work as a duo, with Lee improvising on vocals, recording together in the early 60s (The Newest Sound Around) and toured Europe in 1963. In 1964, she moved to California and married the sound-poet David Hazelton. Returning to Europe in 1967, she began a long association with Gunter Hampel, recording with him on his Birth label on numerous occasions over the next two decades (notably The 8th Of July 1969, Spirits, Journey To The Song Within), including one entirely improvised session with him and Anthony Braxton in 1972.

Following her divorce from Hazelton, she and Hampel were married. Although a striking singer in conventional terms, with a strong, husky voice, Lee developed a new, inventive approach to vocals, often improvising wordlessly and using lip, throat and mouth...

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