Phil Lee

b. 8 April 1943, London, England. Lee’s parents were musical, but he is a self-taught guitarist. He was a member of the group that Ivor Mairants (guitar) took to the Antibes Jazz Festival in the mid-60s,…
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b. 8 April 1943, London, England. Lee’s parents were musical, but he is a self-taught guitarist. He was a member of the group that Ivor Mairants (guitar) took to the Antibes Jazz Festival in the mid-60s, and worked with the John Williams Big Band. Lee first came to prominence with the Graham Collier Septet. He became co-leader with Tony Coe (reeds) of Axel while freelancing with musicians like Henry Lowther, Michael Garrick and Jeff Clyne, and played in and wrote for the band Paz formed by Dick Crouch (vibes) in 1972. Later he toured with Michel Legrand’s Quartet (1979) and Gordon Beck’s Nonet (1983). In 1991, Lee played with Michael Garrick’s Big Band in performances of Garrick’s suite ‘Hardy Country’.