Brandon Lee is a world-renowned jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator. He is currently the Professor of Jazz Brass at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNCG), where he teaches three different jazz courses, runs a big band and teaches privately. Brandon has also taught at several summer jazz camps around the U.S. and abroad. Most recently are Brevard Jazz Institute in Brevard, NC; Jefferson Center Jazz Institute in Ronoake, VA; and the Skidmore Jazz Institute in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Brandon was born and raised in Houston, TX where he received his early training as a jazz trumpeter. At the age of 18, he moved to New York City to continue his studies in jazz and to begin his professional career. Brandon was 1 of 18 students chosen in the inaugural class of the jazz studies program at The Juilliard School. It was at Juilliard where he was able to hone his skills in playing, teaching and composing. After receiving two degrees and an artist diploma from the Juilliard School, Brandon made history by joining the jazz faculty as one of the youngest to ever teach there. Lee taught at Juilliard for 4 years before accepting the position at UNCG in 2013.
In addition to teaching, Brandon has built a reputable career as jazz trumpet player. As a sideman, Lee plays with many jazz bands in North Carolina and New York City. Most notable bands in NYC are the Christian McBride Big Band, Aaron Diehl and Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra and the Kenny Barron Quintet. With these groups, Brandon has had the opportunity to perform all around the world for audiences in Italy, Japan, Canada, South America, and the U.K, to name a few.
As a bandleader, Brandon has recorded three projects: "From Within," released in January of 2007, "Absolute-Lee," released in March of 2010 and "Common Thread," available in July of 2017. In addition to recording, Brandon has performed with his quintet at jazz clubs in NYC. Most notably, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola and Fat Cat Jazz . Brandon also co-leads a 10-piece group called the "Uptown Jazz Tentet." In March of 2017, this group released their first album titled, "There It Is."
As a musician, Brandon’s sound and concept is deeply connected to the past, present and future of jazz music. His playing and writing styles are thoughtful and purpose driven, giving him the ability to better relate himself through simplicity over complexity. His career has taken him around the world, performing with some of the most in demand jazz bands today. While living in North Carolina, Brandon has been fortunate to be able to help shape the minds of the next generation of jazz musicians through his playing and mentorship.