Memphis, Tennessee. MIT. Carolina Piedmont. Silicon Valley. Blues in Mississippi. Taiko in Kyoto. Lee is on a quest, and it shows in his music.
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The quest? To go beyond diversity and variety. Learning how we each are different is just a start; Lee is seeking how we are the same. And it shows in his music.
The goal? 'The most important quality of a good arranger is insight', says Allen. 'You must size up the song as though it were a person - it actually is someone's baby, you know.' Bring out the key strengths of the song, apply insight, look at the song a new way - the result is an arrangement that speaks directly to the listener's heart.
Lee does not use any high-minded labels for his work. 'It's just pop,' Lee says. 'But I believe that pop music is very important because it indicates where the general population is musically at a given time.'
'Music is a language of feelings and emotions. So when I arrange or compose, I imagine 'the listener' saying 'I am opening a door to my feelings, don't abuse my trust'. I understand that everybody likes a wild ride now and then, but I leave that music for others to make'.
Lee seeks the themes that unify us and inspire us, that build us up. And it shows in his music.
Lee has played as a 'solo jazz trio’ since the 80's. Lee pre-plays his bass parts and composes the drum parts from scratch according to his original arrangements -- no 'loops' or stock MIDI clips are used.
Lee has used his technique at restaurants, receptions, corporate parties and private parties. For example, Lee performed jazz-trio music at Ray's Ristorante in Atlanta's Lenox Square for 18 months with excellent response, and August 2008 is Lee's 36th consecutive month at Faz Restaurant in Sunnyvale, California, where Lee currently performs on Monday and Friday nights.
A small portion of other places at which Lee has performed:
* AP Stump's, San Jose
* Brookhaven Country Club, Atlanta
* Byington Winery, Los Gatos
* Cafe' Milan, Atlanta (six months)
* Florentina Restaurant, Cambridge MA
* Georgia World Congress Center
* HS Lordship's, Berkeley
* San Mateo CA Public Library
Lee's approach enables very competitive pricing for events requiring background music.
Lee Allen is a member of ASCAP, the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce, the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE).
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