Lauren is a Vocal Coach and a Jazz Music Teacher of a contemporary & modern jazz. Specialising in improvisation and creative elements such as phrasing, jazz rhythm and musicianship Lauren is teaching online and from the comfort of her own music studio in New York city
Lauren has a Master Degree in Jazz Studies & Vocal Performance obtained from the New York University.
It was from that time where Lauren began her voice teaching journey as a Teacher's Assistant and assistant director of the jazz vocal ensemble.
At the same establishment Lauren has also taught privately as an adjunct professor.
After her graduation Lauren immediately launched herself into a private studio work teaching improvisation, voice, piano, and composition which run parallel with her performing projects.
In 2017 Lauren began giving voice masterclasses on improvising using her own unique method 'Sing Like a Horn', which was also released as an exercise book and video series in 2020.
Since 2020, Lauren has given numerous masterclasses on jazz voice and improvisation through organisations such as the University of Arkansas, the National Jazz Festival in Philadelphia, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Lauren's research and development has been generously sponsored by the Jazz Studies Consortium and the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable.
Currently, continuing teaching from the comfort of her Studio in New York city, Lauren is also on faculty at The New York Jazz Workshop and the City University of New York (Queens College).
Armed with a vivid imagination, a relatable and easy pop-like vocal sound, and uniquely virtuosic improvisational chops, Lauren Lee is a unique force to be reckoned with. Her command over her influences and technique powerfully illustrates her commitment to learning from tradition rather than copying it.
Lauren has been widely acclaimed for her versatile, visionary outlook on the future of the use of vocals in jazz and creative music, along with her ability to seamlessly double what she sings with her right hand at the piano.
Her thoughtfully orchestrated compositions and improvisational work has often drawn comparisons to musicians like Esperanza Spalding, Joni Mitchell, Nancy King, Betty Carter, Flora Purim and Chick Corea, and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
"Among singers who play or pianists who also sing, she is at the top of the list"- New York Music Daily
"Lauren Lee is one of a new breed of singer-songwriter. She has all the bona fides of a traditional jazz singer, but she needs to do things her own way. As a singer and composer, she gives her imprimatur to cross-cultural experimentation and off-the-beaten-track forms of vocal expression, never straying far from the post-bop mother ship" - Suzanne Lorge, All About Jazz
"Ethereal and highly modern" -Downbeat Magazine
Lauren has released three records as a leader to date on the Argentinian jazz label 'earsandeyes records', and with each record was afforded significant touring opportunities across Europe, Canada, and the US, including the Stockholm Jazz Festival, the UNCOOL Festival (notably spearheaded by Marshall Allen's Sun Ra Arkestra), Riga Jazz Stage, the Berkshires Jazz Festival, and the Queens Jazz Overground Festival. Recording and touring has been made possible with generous support from New Music USA, Artist Tree, The Doris Duke Foundation, South Arts/Jazz Road, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable.
Lauren has worked with some of the finest creative minds in the industry, including Kenny Werner, Brian Lynch, Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, Gil Goldstein, Billy Martin, Mark Whitfield, and Jon Davis, among others.