Chris Lee Drum Lessons
Drum Set and Mallet Percussion
Chris is currently teaching on Tuesdays during the summer.
Call the studio (681-3979) for available times. Space is limited.
As a teacher, Chris has taught privately and on the faculty of the University of Oregon, Lewis & Clark College, and Naropa University as well as numerous master classes at many colleges and universities.
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Originally from Portland, Oregon, Chris began playing the piano at the age of seven and then the drums at the age of ten.
By the time he was twelve he was playing school dances in a band with his older brother on guitar, covering Hendrix and various blues and R&B artists. While in high school his musical interests broadened into jazz and classical music. He studied rudimental snare drum technique and mallet percussion with Leo Browne, tympani with Paul Salvatore of the Oregon Symphony and joined the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Chris also began studying with jazz and Motown drummer Mel Brown (The Temptations and The Supremes) and later jazz vibes with Dennis Plies.
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At the age of 16, Chris began performing professionally and soon was playing with such notable Portland jazz musicians as David Friesen, John Stowell, Dan Balmer, Leroy Vinnegar, Jim Pepper and Nancy King.
Chris studied theory and composition at Marylhurst College and Portland State University, where he was a member of the percussion ensemble under the direction of Tomas Svoboda. He also attended Ornette Coleman’s Creative Music Studio, where he studied drums with Jack DeJohnette and vibes with Karl Berger and at the Cornish Institute with Sam Rivers and Dave Holland.
In addition to numerous recordings as a sideman he has produced two quintet recordings; Silent Talk which features ECM recording artist Art Lande and Something Forgotten, Remembered which also features multi-instrumentalist Paul McCandless of the group Oregon. In 1989 Lee (primarily on vibes) and his wife Colleen O’Brien (voice, cello) joined with guitarist Khabu Doug Young to form the eclectic chamber jazz group Primal Mates, which has also produced four recordings; Primal Mates, Duo/Trio, Songs and The Road Not Taken. Lee and O’Brien continue to tour and perform with their current project PoetryMusic.
Chris has performed at jazz festivals in the U.S., Europe and Mexico and has worked with such diverse artists as Joe Henderson, David “Fathead” Newman, Mose Allison, Gary Peacock, Sheila Jordan, Ernie Watts, John Handy, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Ngyuen Le, Gary Versace, Leni Stern and others.
As a teacher, Chris has over thirty years of experience having taught privately and on the faculty of the University of Oregon, Lewis & Clark College, and Naropa University as well as numerous master classes at many colleges and universities.