Double bassist David Lee spent years in the Toronto music and art scene, playing bass and cello in a variety of settings. His long tenure with the influential improvising group Bill Smith Ensemble included the LPs Rastafari with Leo Smith, and Visitation with Joe McPhee. Also the author of books on jazz and other subjects, David has just received a PhD in English & Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph, writing his dissertation on Toronto improvised music. In recent years he has played with William Parker, Eric Stach, Gary and Ryan Barwin, and the musicians of the Silence Sounds community in Guelph, as well as Canada’s new poet laureate, George Elliott Clarke. David’s books include his young adult novel “The Midnight Games;” the west coast novel “Commander Zero;” the award-winning “Chainsaws: A History;” and the jazz books “Stopping Time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz” and “The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field.”

David Lee At Sound Symposium XIX*

  • Lecture, History Of New Music In Canada — Friday, July 13 at 10:00am (Choral Room, MUN School of Music)

See the complete list of SSXIX artists, as well as the full schedule and ticket information.

*Times and locations subject to change.