Thursday, April 4, 7 - 10 p.m.

Kenji Lee Quartet

Detroit-based saxophonist Kenji Lee's already made his mark as a remarkable improviser, composer, and musician.

Raised in southern California, Japanese-American saxophonist Kenji Lee has already made his mark as a remarkable improviser, composer, and musician. A resident of Detroit, Michigan, Kenji currently performs frequently as a leader with Sakura - a creative music ensemble featuring string quartet, with Juarez-Lee-Alvarez - a chordless trio, and with Pauljams - a hip/hop electronic duo. Kenji has also worked as a sideman in many groups including Davy Lazar's Antigoat and with soul musician, Allen Stone. He'll be performing at the Blue LLama with David Alvarez, Brian Juarez, and Jordan Anderson.

Kenji has had the great privilege to perform and work with some of his heroes including Gary Burton, Carl Allen, Kendrick Scott, Michael Formanek, Jon Irabagon, Robert Hurst, and Benny Green. In April 2015, Kenji traveled to New York City to perform a series of original compositions for large ensemble at Carnegie Hall as a part of the historic Carnegie Hall Heritage Festival. Later that year, Kenji was named the 2015 Orange County Register Artist of the Year in instrumental music.

His debut recording, "Darkhorse: The Superhero", will be released in the Spring of 2019.

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