Amanda’s interest in voice and piano started at a very young age and in school she participated in anything and everything musical. By age 14 she was already locally performing in jazz combos, pit bands, and rock groups. By age 16 she had written, arranged and recorded her first demo record.
She received her bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA after four years of total immersion in jazz and vocal practice. She had the opportunity to study with some of the greatest educators in the world including Charlie Sorrento, Mili Bermejo, Maggi Scott, Greg Hopkins, Ken Cervenka and many more.
Upon completion of her degree, Amanda returned home to the Bay Area and began working as a singer, pianist, arranger, composer and educator. While Amanda's primary focus is jazz, her performances may include anything from her own renditions of contemporary popular songs, to a growing repertoire of original pieces.
Now, as an established artist in the San Francisco area, Amanda continues to expand her increasingly impressive list of venues. She maintained a residency at the city’s favorite Pied Piper Bar & Grill within the historic Palace Hotel as well as playing late night sets in local jazz spots like Savanna Jazz in the Mission District & the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax.
The Amanda Addleman Band is a collection of outstanding players from all over the country who combine beautiful melodies and fiery instrumental playing. The result is a program that is both entertaining and rich in musicalilty.
Lee began his studies with a focus in guitar performance and jazz composition at Berklee, where he quickly became noted for his unique and passionate guitar style. Performances have included the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco as part of a west coast tour in the alt-strings group called Dr. Magpie. More recently, 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 Sculler’s Jazz Club.
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. Before graduating high school he had shared the stage with Jane Monheit, Dianne Shurr, Patti Austin, James Moody, Phil Woods and Pat Metheny. Lee had received the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers Award, recognition from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in both Jazz Guitar and Composition, and garnered the coveted guitar chair for the 2007 Grammy Jazz Ensemble.
Every Thursday from the middle of June until the middle of September, Club Passim presents the Passim/Berklee Summer Concert Series on Palmer Street in Harvard Square. The concerts are held weekly from 1PM - 2PM.
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