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February 6,2024

Memphis Symphony Orchestra Announces the
2024 EDDY Award Winner, Stephen Lee

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2024 EDDY AWARD – Stephen M. Lee, the Founder/Artistic and Executive Director of The Memphis Jazz Workshop. The award is established by the Circle of Friends, a philanthropy initiative that embraces a mission to be an instrument of intentional inclusion in the performing arts. The award will be presented at the Masterworks Concert on April 27th at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Steve Lee is an accomplished jazz musician whose talent, passion, and leadership have made a transformative contribution to the vibrancy of the community’s cultural center. By intentionally including middle and high school students from different races and life experiences in music intensives, he and his well-versed teachers give these youth unparalleled guidance in experiential learning. Memphis Jazz Workshop is nurturing some of the city’s most talented young people in the performing arts. They focus on discipline, work ethic, music education, and mastery. Steve Lee and his team cultivate the future of jazz by preparing the next generation to move music forward.

Daily Memphian June 30,2020

Memphis Jazz Workshop keeps kids upbeat with online music instruction

Since the summer of 2017, Memphis-bred pianist Steve Lee and his Memphis Jazz Workshop have been mentoring local pupils in one of the city’s oldest music traditions.

the gentlemen’s league| June 29,2023

Memphis Jazz Workshop founder and Artistic Director will present

The Gent’s League aims to educate, empower, and enrich the lives of males through mentorship. The 2023 Blackout Weekend Boys of Color Conference that is open to students grades 3-12 will take place during the last weekend of April. 

WREG Channel News 3 March 7, 2023

Memphis Jazz Workshop teaches kids to preserve music

Memphis Jazz Workshop receives Community Changers award.

Memphis Flyer June 17, 2020

Memphis Jazz Workshop keeps the Jazz Flame Burning

Stephen Lee, one of this city’s consummate jazz pianists, owes a lot to the great teachers he’s had. 

Memphis Flyer February, 2018

The Memphis Jazz Workshop: A Q&A with Founder Steve Lee

Steve Lee is helping to revive jazz education for Memphis youth in a big way.

Local Memphis Live:


MEMPHIS JAZZ WORKSHOP passionately believes the Bluff City needs a revival — especially when it comes to jazz music. LET’S ALL ENJOY THE EMOTIONAL RHYTHM FROM THE TALENTED STUDENTS WITH MEMPHIS JAZZ WORKSHOP.

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I Love Memphis Blog

Memphis Jazz Workshop Presents Ulysses Owens Jr. in Concert

Commercial Appeal

Memphis Jazz Workshop encourages young musicians

The Memphis Jazz Workshop, led by CEO and founder Stephen Lee, encourages young musicians in reviving jazz.