About Memphis Jazz Workshop
Under the artistic direction of founder Stephen M. Lee, 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. Memphis Jazz Workshop was formed under the umbrella of LeeJazzOmega, Inc.
About Stephen M. Lee
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.
We spent our Friday evening watching Gus jam with his new musical family. It was so great! If you have a kid in grades 8-12 who’s been playing for at least a year or two and is interested in Jazz, this is it! Steve Lee has created a transformative program aimed at raising homegrown Jazz musicians right here in Memphis.Liz Phillips