Sunday 5 December 2010

Congratulations Joe Lee Wilson!

Joe Lee performing at The Basement this year
On November 14 sometime Brighton resident and living legend Joe Lee Wilson was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Joe Lee hails from Bristow Oklahoma before he moved to Los Angeles to study singing with, among other, Mario Lanza. He then made his reputation touring the West Coast before becoming a leading light in the New York loft scene in the Seventies.

Organisers tracked down his whereabouts through the kineojazz website and Joe Lee was there to receive the award in person, along with legendary composer Lalo Schiffrin. Inductees included:

  • Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award: Lalo Schifrin
  • Living Legend Award: Sam Rivers
  • Jazz & Blues Inductee: Joe Lee Wilson
  • Jazz Inductee: Artt Frank (Bebop drummer)

It's good to see Joe Lee getting some well-deserved recognition. Congratulations Joe Lee!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was very sad to hear the news today about Joe Lee passing away. He was unique and will be sadly missed.