Memphis Jazz Workshop
Cultivating the Future of Jazz
Memphis Jazz Workshop Mission
Memphis Jazz Workshop is a non-profit organization committed to cultivating young musicians by providing learning and performance opportunities with professional artists while embracing Jazz as our regional art form.
LeeJazzOmega, Inc. is a tax deductible 501(c)3 organization. Mr. Lee was a long-time instructor at Stax Academy. Currently, he is a piano instructor at Visible Music College and Memphis Music Initiative, teaching at Overton and Booker T. Washington High Schools. A Memphis native, Lee studied with legendary Jazz pianist Donald Brown at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville before heading to New York City to finish his studies and further hone his skills in some of the most well-known jazz venues in the world. He rounded out his studies with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from City College in New York City and a Master’s degree in Education from Freed Hardeman University. While living in New York, he shared the stage with some of Jazz music’s best and brightest including Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spaulding, Billy Kaye and Saul Rubin. In 2012, he released his first album, “Music in the Key of My Life.” He is also the founder of “In Concert Magazine”, which is viewed in over 100 different countries.
Fall + Spring workshops
This intensive, two week long, performance-based experience is for highly motivated students currently in grades 6-12. Students work directly with the esteemed faculty of the Memphis Jazz workshop, which is comprised of professional jazz musicians and master teachers. The rigorous workshop is designed to enhance improvisational and ensemble skills and will culminate with a student Showcase on last day.
A typical day:
9:00 to 9:50 Group improvisation Stephen Lee masterclass
10:00 to 10:55 Jazz Music Theory
11:00 to 11:55 Master Classes with Faculty
12:00 to 12:40 Lunch/Faculty Playing Session
12:45 to 1:45 Combos
1:45 to 3:00 Big Band
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