Robert Lee is an emerging upright bassist, composer, and bandleader in the Toronto jazz scene. He first learned to perform on the violin at the age of 6, before switching to the bass at the age of 14.
He graduated from the University of Guelph Bachelor of Music program before enrolling at Humber College. 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, and others. He has been recognized for his compositional and arranging work, earning the Humber College Duke Ellington Society Scholarship in 2017.
He has been influenced by many jazz greats, both modern and traditional, ranging from John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Chet Baker, Christian McBride, Brian Blade, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, and others. He currently writes and performs with his current project, the Robert Lee Group, and performs regularly around Toronto with his trio. He has performed at many different venues around Southern Ontario and has participated in both the Newmarket Music Festival and the Guelph Jazz Festival. Robert is currently finishing the final year of his degree program and is planning on releasing his first EP of original compositions.