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Graduate Student Researcher

University of Guelph

After graduating in English from UBC, David Neil Lee spent many years in Toronto where he performed, toured and recorded as a double bassist and cellist, worked for the jazz magazine Coda, and ran the small press Nightwood Editions. His books include Stopping Time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz (Véhicule Press 1999), The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field (The Mercury Press 2006) and the award-winning Chainsaws: A History (Harbour Publishing 2006). Currently, while pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Guelph, he lives with his family in Hamilton, Ontario. His first novel, Commander Zero, is published by Tightrope Books, Toronto.

Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace