The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents

John Lee

Air Date: 1/29/2023 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET

The rest of the world might be going to the dogs, but in the realm of jazz, there are new artists appearing all the time who have stunning amounts of talent. Such is the case with Korean-born Canadian artist John Lee.

A multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Lee performs at a professional level on double bass, drums, piano, organ and guitar, In fact, for his debut release, The Artist, he decided to play only one instrument, but the choice of instrument was a big decision. 

“I’ve never considered any instrument to be my main instrument, so it was very difficult to choose what I would play on my first record,” he commented.

Joining Mr. Lee on this album is Carl Allen on drums, Miles Black on piano, and saxophonist Cory Weeds on two tracks.

Did I mention that the 28-year-old Mr. Lee also composes and arranges? Two tracks on the release are original compositions: Life is a Beautiful Thing and the title song.

During New for You hour, we'll hear Mr. Lee's version of September In The Rain.

New in 2023

The new releases for 2023 are rolling in at a pretty good clip. In this show you'll hear some of this new material, from Darmon Meader, the Heavy Hitters superband, Fred Hersch , and new artist Michael Morreale. We'll hear more from these releases over the next weeks.

I hope your winter is going well.


HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Eliane Elias-Quietude 2022-11 Saveiros
Nicholas Payton\Couch Sessions 2023\Christina
Tito Carrillo\UrbanEssence - 11 Sublime (for Roy Hargrove)
Craig Davis\Tone Paintings  2022\05 A Ditty for Dodo
Dan Costa\Skyness\Skyness
Lincoln Goines\Art of the Bass Choir 2022\Common Threads
Jerry Kalaf\Welcome to Earth 2014\See You Next Year
Tom Harrell\Oak Tree 2022\Oak Tree
Ed Cherry\Are We There Yet 2023\Lawns
Loren Daniels\Ticket To Ride 2023\09 I'll Follow The Sun
Michael Morreale\Stories of Recent Vintage 2023\Bill Must Have Played This
Nat King Cole-Nat King Cole Sings George Shearing Plays-07 A Beautiful Friendship 1961

HOUR TWO: New For You

Ostara Project\Ostara Project 2023\003 Little One
Darmon Meader\Losing My Mind 2023\Losing My Mind
Michael Morreale\Stories of Recent Vintage 2023\Thad and Mel
Heavy Hitters\The Heavy Hitters 2023\Silverdust
Fred Hersch\With Esperanza Spalding Live 2023\A Wish
John Lee\The Artist 2023
Darmon Meader\Losing My Mind 2023\Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
Amina Figarova-Joy 2022-07 Road Ahead
Joshua Redman-LongGone 2022-02 Disco Ears

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Eliane Elias-Quietude 2022-05 Olha (Look)
Arturo Sandoval-Rhythm and Soul 2022-11 Cancion Para Mimi
GUAI\09 Rota de Colis
Earl Klugh-HandPicked-04 In Six 2013
Diego Figueiredo-Antarctica-09 My Friend Menescal-2021
Doug MacDonald\Overtones 2022\Bossa for PK
Eliane Elias\Made in Brazil\02 VocĂȘ (2015)
Eddie Daniels-Heart Of Brazil-13 Auto Retrato 2018
Ed Johnson-The Other Road-04 Song for My Daughter 2007
Claudio Roditi-Double Standards-09 Conceicao 1997

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Hil St. Soul\Back in Love 2022\Love and Fire
Grover Washington, Jr.-20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection- The Best of Grover Washington Jr.-07 I can't help it 2000
Gregory Porter-All Rise-11 Phoenix-2020
Grant Geissman-Cool Man Cool-03 Too Cool For School 2009
Lindsey Webster\Reasons 2022\Just the Night
Jazz Funk Soul\Forecast 2022\When the Time Comes
05 - Brian Simpson - A Soft Touch
Ed Cherry\Are We There Yet 2023\
Euge Groove-Groove On-03 Free Time 2017
Gerald Veasley-Velvet-07 Luscious 2003


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