Lee Taylor is a woodwind player who has been an active part of the Albuquerque music scene for several years. Lee is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance. He has studied saxophone, clarinet and flute with many teachers including Greg Armstrong, Gary Foster, Keith Lemmons, Mark Vinci, and John Winder.
Lee has performed with many of the top names in the music business including such popular artists as Vikki Carr, Lou Christie, Rosemary Clooney, The Fifth Dimension, The Four Tops, Crystal Gayle, Susan Lucci, Johnny Mathis, The McGuire Sisters, Wayne Newton, Olivia Newton-John, The O'Jays, Bernadette Peters, Regis Philbin, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Don Rickles, Red Skelton, The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Ben Vereen, and Bobby Vinton. Lee has also performed with the stage productions Classic Albums Live, 42nd Street, Sunset Boulevard, The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, and The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
As a jazz artist, Lee has performed with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Louis Bellson, Wayne Bergeron, Tony Campise, Matt Catingub, Frank Capp, Pete Cristlieb, Eddie Daniels, John Fedchock, Clay Jenkins, John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, Joe Lovano, Dennis Mackrel, Kevin Mahogany, Andy Martin, Paul McKee, Butch Miles, Abe Most, The New York Voices, Dick Oatts, The Outpost Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Alan Pasqua, Bobby Shew, Ed Soph, Richard Stoltzman, Fred Sturm, Lew Tabackin, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, and Scott Wendholt among many others. From 1990 through 1992, Lee was a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Larry O'Brien, playing alto saxophone, clarinet, flute and singing with the Moonlight Serenaders vocal group. As part of a world tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Lee toured Japan, North and South America, Europe, and performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California. He appears on two CDs as a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra; Moonlight Serenade (1990) and Here We Go Again (1992). Lee has also performed on the S.S. Norway and Royal Viking Sun cruise ships, the Mississippi Queen and the Delta Queen Riverboats and is featured on the soundtrack to the IMAX movie Thrill Ride.
Lee's diverse musical experience keeps him in demand as a performer and educator. He currently maintains a large private teaching studio at Baum's Music in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Photo by Cal Haines.