|Genres:||Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals|
|Tags:||jazz female vocalists vocal jazz female voices|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||allmusic discogs IMDb last.fm VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
26 October 1942, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Lee relocated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the late 60s. A gifted singer with a growing maturity of style and purpose, she first attracted international attention when she played the 1992 Nice Jazz Festival. Until that time, her performances were sometimes overly energetic with a deliberately tough and raunchy manner. That same year, she appeared in the Canadian film Giant Steps. During the early 90s, Lees style displayed much greater subtlety and an acute awareness of the needs of the music. Her voice is full and mellow, with delicate shadings on ballads and an easy sense of swing on mid- and up-tempo songs. She has recorded with a number of leading jazzmen including Ray Brown, Pat LaBarbera and Ed Thigpen. In 1999 she appeared in her one-woman stage show Dark Divas, briefly covering the lives of Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Pearl Bailey, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Joséphine...