Jof Lee 
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Jof first began exploring the many puzzles and mysteries of music as a child in Colorado Springs through the mid 1950's and during the post-bop era of the early 1960's. In the days before the academic world began taking a legitimate interest in teaching and promoting jazz, he relied greatly on the wealth of musical knowledge and life experience imparted (not infrequently unkindly!) by the "elder"musicians from the Colorado jazz scene. After many years of practice; studies in music composition, an association with the Norad Band personnel in Colorado Springs and hundreds of gigs and performances, Jof began to emerge as a pianist/composer dedicated to his art. Throughout the 70's , he refined his skills in a variety of settings; solo piano, trio, large ensembles and along the way acquired a life-long passion for film, ballet and orchestral composition. Two separate but equally profound encounters with the New York jazz scene in the late 70's found him within the musical sphere of jazz tenor giant Stan Getz. It was due to Stan's urging and his inspiration that Jof was able to continue along his path. After further studies in New York with pianists Bill Evans and Hal Galper, he began traveling and playing with many fine musicians the world over, performing in many venues throughout Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States. In the late 80's Jof relocated to the Pacific Northwest where he became the pianist with the legendary bassist Leroy Vinnegar. This association yielded several fine recordings including "Walkin' the Basses" still available on the Contemporary Records label. In addition, he has performed as a sideman on many other projects as well. He currently works and travels with his own trio, or in other venues as a soloist, performing both domestically and internationally. As well as a performing pianist, Jof is also very active as a composer and arranger. His work can be enjoyed in a variety of settings; recordings, the internet and on film.

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Re: “Local artist Herman Raymond dies

"Genius does not come easy...it needs all of its rough edges smoothed and it needs time to mellow so that it is never aware of itself. It must be handled so that it has a life of its own... alienated from the ego."

Herman Raymond

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Posted by Jof Lee on 06/10/2010 at 12:10 AM

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