|Born||October 26, 1942|
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
|Genres||Vocal jazz, jazz blues, torch songs|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, jazz drummer, tenor saxophonist|
|Website||Ranee Lee, Justin Time Records|
Born in Brooklyn, Lee moved to Montreal at the age of 28 in 1970. She toured North America in the 1970s as a jazz drummer and tenor saxophonist. She subsequently landed a starring role playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day, and won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for her performance. She subsequently began recording as a vocalist, releasing her first album Live at the Bijou in 1984.
She wrote and starred in Dark Divas, The Musical, a tribute to the lives and careers of seven of the most popular female jazz singers of the 20th century: Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Lena Horne, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan.
Her music appears in the animated short film Black Soul (2002).
She is also a children's book writer (author of Nana, What Do You Say?); an educator, long associated with the University of Laval in Quebec City and the Schulich School of Music of McGill University; and she hosted the television series The Performers.
Honors and awards
Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award in 1988 for her musical and actorial achievements. Lee was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2006. She received the International Association of Jazz Educators award in 2004 and 2008. She won a 2010 Juno Award for her album Ranee Lee – Lives Upstairs.
- All Grown Up (RCA Victor, 1980)
- Live at the Bijou (Justin Time, 1984)
- Deep Song (Justin Time, 1989)
- The Musicals: Jazz on Broadway (Justin Time, 1992)
- I Thought About You (Justin Time, 1994)
- You Must Believe in Swing (Justin Time, 1996)
- Seasons of Love (Justin Time, 1997)
- Presents Dark Divas (Justin Time, 2000)
- Songs from the Great Canadian Songbook (Justin Time, 2003)
- Just You, Just Me with Oliver Jones (Justin Time, 2005)
- Lives Upstairs (Justin Time, 2009)
- A Celebration in Time with Oliver Jones, (Justin Time, 2010)
- What's Going On (Justin Time, 2014)
- "Ranee Lee". Five Bucks On By-Tor. April 19, 2009. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014.
- McRae, Ricardo (March 15, 2011). "Ranee Lee". Who's Who in Black Canada.
- "Ranee Lee". Justin Time Records. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010.
- Sader, Lucas (May–June 2010). "Ranee Lee: Dark Diva". dig! Magazine.
- "Ranee Lee". Wild West Artist Management.
- Jim Santella, review of "Ranee Lee & Oliver Jones: Just You, Just Me (2005)". All About Jazz, November 9, 2005.
- Justin Time (label): Ranee Lee.
- Ranee Lee at Wild West Artist Management.
- Ricardo McRae, "Ranee Lee", Who's Who in Black Canada, March 15, 2011.