Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.
— Charles Mingus
 
 

Robert Lee is an emerging upright bassist, composer, and bandleader in the Toronto jazz scene. His musical interest started with the violin before switching to the bass. He is a graduate from the University of Guelph Bachelor of Music as well as Humber College in Jazz Performance. During this time, he has had the opportunity to study with Neil Swainson, Ted Quinlan, Mike Downes, Geoff Young, Lorne Lofsky,Kieran Overs, Andy Ballantyne, Gord Sheard, Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald, and others.

 

He has been recognized for his compositional and arranging work, earning the Humber College Duke Ellington Society Scholarship in 2017 and 2018 as well as the James Appel School and Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship in 2018.

Photographs by Jacob Sherf and Cynthia Fay