Since moving to Boston just a short time ago, twenty-two year old
Lee Dynes has continued to achieve major musical milestones. After receiving a full-tuition scholarship from Berklee College
of Music, Lee began his studies with a focus in guitar performance and jazz composition. He quickly became noted
for his unique and passionate guitar style resulting in opportunities to appear at premier jazz venues across the country.
Recent performances have seen Lee at the 2009 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco as part of a west
coast tour in the alt-strings group called Dr. Magpie. Later, Lee combined musical forces with his colleagues to
perform across the states as The Jazz Tellers, a trio described as "Berklee’s brightest and most promising…".
In 2010, Lee was invited to join the Ben Powell Quartet playing in and around Boston including appearances
at Club Passim, Salem Jazz Festival and most notably Sculler’s Jazz Club where his technical brilliance
brought extended audience applause.
Great stage performances
are nothing new for Lee Dynes. At a very young age, he picked up his dad’s guitar and his life changed. Lee absorbed
the sounds of blues, rock and heavy metal while also being exposed to his father’s roots; bluegrass and the best of
American acoustic. After he heard a Joe Pass recording, his relationship with jazz music began and grew rapidly. Lee’s
talent as a guitarist was evident leading him to be named a "prodigy" and "virtuoso". Dynes’ reputation
led him to play hundreds of professional gigs while still in high school. During that time he shared the stage with Jane Monheit,
Dianne Shurr, Patti Austin, James Moody, Phil Woods and a memorable evening where Lee played for master guitarist Pat Metheny
who gave him praise and support. By high school graduation, Lee had garnered numerous awards as a guitarist and composer including:
ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers Award, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Jazz Guitar,
National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Composition, and the coveted guitar chair for the 2007 Grammy
This past year also proved to be very exciting
for Lee Dynes. Jazz Revelation Records signed with Lee to record his original, Finding Strength in Change, on the 2011 compilation CD, "Octave", presenting the finest jazz composers at Berklee. In May, The Jazz Tellers completed the second consecutive Summer 2011 International Tour with Callum MacKenzie playing the sax and
Nate Wong on the drums. Lee is working on other musical collaborations that reflect his versatility with the start of
The Acoustic Project, a duo with mandolin virtuoso, Jacob Jolliff and his ongoing work with gyspy jazz violinist,
Jason Anick. Most recently, Lee has teamed up with San Francisco jazz vocalist and pianist, Amanda Addleman
to create a performance that is a striking blend of lovely melodies and virtuostic improvisation drawing from The Great American
Songbook as well as pop and originals. As Lee strives for excellence and originality in music, he continues to study with
the masters at Berklee College of Music including, Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Tim Miller, Dave Samuels, Dave Santoro and David
Gilmore. An outright exceptional performer, Lee’s passionate and mature improvisations inevitably bring standing
ovations which is why this guitarist-composer-bandleader has been defined as, "…
at the top of any list of up and coming jazz players."