Growing up in a musical family, Brandon Lee began playing piano at an early age and by age 9 he started his formal training on the trumpet. During his senior year at the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Brandon was selected by Wynton Marsalis to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for a Louis Armstrong PBS special. In 2001, Brandon would become one of 18 students selected to become a part of the inaugural class of the Jazz Studies program at the Juilliard School. Brandon completed his Bachelors of Music degree and his Masters of Music degree at The Juilliard School.
In August of 2007 Brandon released his debut album, From Within, and in March of 2010, Brandon released his second CD entitled Absolute-Lee. Brandon has also recorded with a plethora of jazz artists including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Vincent Herring, Kirk Whalum, Michael Dease, Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, David Berger Big Band, Fat Cat Big Band, Richard Johnson, Mark Lopeman, Shirley Crabb, and Chad Eby.
In 2013, Brandon joined the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro as the Assistant Professor of Jazz Brass.
Along with teaching Brandon plays frequently with his own group and as a sideman in several other groups. Some of these groups based in NYC include: Tommy Igoe and the Birdland Big Band, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Kenny Barron Quintet, Kurt Elling, Christian McBride Big Band, David Berger Big Band, Fat Cat Big Band, Alon Yavnai and Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra. More recent groups based in NC include: Chad Eby Quartet, John Brown Big Band and Small Groups, PTJO Big Band, and occasionally with Jim Ketch Big Band.
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