Born in England and educated in Sydney, Australia, Garry Lee is one of Australia’s leading jazz vibists. In 1993 he won an Australian Jazz Award and in 1998 became the first Australian jazz musician to receive a Churchill Fellowship.
Despite living in Australia Garry has studied with some of the world’s finest jazz mallet players – Dave Samuels, David Friedman, Charlie Shoemake, Stefon Harris, Joe Locke, Ted Piltzecker. He also organised a Master Class in Sydney in conjunction with the local P.A.S. Chapter presented by Gary Burton when Gary performed at Sydney Opera House with Chick Corea .
Garry has performed in New York, London, Tokyo, Jakarta and Singapore as well as major jazz clubs and festivals throughout Australia and featured with Australian jazz legend – Don Burrows – during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Garry is a former two term President of the Australasian Section of International Association of Jazz Educators [IAJE]. He has conducted Master Classes at universities around Australia and Singapore.
Garry has performed with some of the world’s finest jazz musicians including Dave Samuels, Victor Gaskin [bassist with Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley and Billy Taylor], Dale Barlow [saxophonist with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers], Red Rodney [legendary trumpeter with Charlie Parker] and was featured soloist with Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra [Perth Concert Hall - 1998].
Garry is unique in the world of jazz performing and recording on vibraphone and guitar. He is a prolific composer and has recorded several CDs in Perth.
Garry’s influences on mallets include Bobby Hutcherson, Milt Jackson and obviously the artists he has studied with. On guitar Garry is influenced by Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Paul Bollenbach [who he has studied with] and Peter Bernstein [who he jammed with in NYC - 1998].
An immediate project for Garry is to record with his current trio – Lukasz Slawomirski, Hammond B3; Tim Woolley, drums – playing new original repertoire on both mallets and guitar.