Music Genre(s): Contemporary Jazz, Latin, Traditional Jazz, World
After doing volunteer work for WWOZ, Kathleen Lee, in early 2000, began hosting the Jazz Singers program. In the summer of 2000, Kathleen was given the opportunity to be a substitute show host for the Swing Session, which aired on Sunday from 4-6pm (now it airs on Sunday from 6-8pm). So, for a good period of time she was hosting both shows-the Jazz Singers and the Swing Session. In 2001, Kathleen Lee was made the official showhost of the Swing Session and about a year later she was designated SHOWHOST OF THE MONTH by WWOZ for getting her listeners more involved in the content of her show and being the first host at WWOZ, and probably one of the first in the country, to take simultaneous/realtime e-mail song requests and comments from her listeners during her show. Also, just months after Hurricane Katrina, Kathleen was one of the first show hosts to return to the airwaves, doing the Swing Session, from WWOZ's temporary studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Now, in 2011, her 10th anniversary year, she is looking to continue to innovate and make her Swing Session as "listener-friendly" and as accessible as possible to her worldwide audience.
Kathleen's New Orleans music experience, though, began some 15 years ago under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis' Jazz Studies Program at the University of New Orleans. Since then she has performed as a bandleader, vocalist and pianist all around the Greater New Orleans area. As a bandleader and a recording artist she has had some of the very best old established and new breed jazz musicians work with her-some Grammy Award and Academy Award winners.
As the daughter of a jazz vocalist, Kathleen's interest in music began in Boston, Massachusetts. She was trained at the Boston Conservatory and started writing songs at an early age. She began performing as a child and now performs all over the Gulf Coast and up the Eastern Seaboard.
Now, in 2011, she has celebrated her 10th anniversary as show host of the Swing Session and her 15th anniversary performing and recording music in New Orleans with her latest CD release Coming Up For Air. Since her CD release party, which was held at Preservation Hall, Coming Up For Air is now found playing on radio stations and in homes across the USA & Canada and three other continents.