Vocalist Lee Engele has performed at New York, fronts local big bands, and her active solo career has put her in the company of both local and national artists such as Butch Thompson and clarinetist Evan Christopher. Lee has three self produced CD’s to her credit, as well as featured on a number of jazz compilation CD’s.
As a jazz vocalist Lee has performed with combos and big bands at major Twin Cities restaurants/clubs such as The Dakota, Artists’ Quarter, and in New York at the Metropolitan Room and the TONY Lounge. She has also appeared at numerous jazz festivals such as Grand Marais, Jazz on the Prairie, and at the Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival for the past 15 years, and in concert at Bloomington Center for the Arts, Hopkins Center for the Arts, and the Old Log Theater.
Her second EP, In the Key of “L”, (with several former members of the renowned Twin Cities Hot Club), has enjoyed regular radio play both locally and at a number of jazz stations around the country, and has received delightful reviews by local and national reviewers which include LA Jazz Scene Magazine, and by Twin Cities legend Leigh Kammen, former host of The Jazz Image™ on MPR.