Lee Dynes is an active multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer, and educator currently residing in Upper Manhattan. Lee has been performing as a professional jazz guitarist for almost 20 years and received his Bachelor’s degree in music from Berklee College of Music, under the tutelage of Mick Goodrick, David Gilmore, Tim Miller, and Hal Crook.
Lee’s artistic focus has long been the instrumental jazz of the ’40s, 50’s, and ’60s, channeling the masters of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Wes Montgomery, to name a few.
He also has the mission of breaking down cultural barriers through his music, having performed professionally on the Arabic oud (Middle Eastern fretless lute) for over 5 years now. He routinely works to develop a unique form of music that makes room for as many modes of expression as possible, not bound by language, style, or traditional structure.
Dynes has been working as a music educator for 10 years now, in private and classroom settings. Being a holder of a Single Subject Music Credential authorization from California, he has taught as Head Music Teacher at Zion Lutheran School in San Francisco for 2 years and has worked as a substitute teacher for even longer. Lee’s focus in teaching has been promoting social justice and constructing culturally responsive lesson plans that aim to remove the Euro-centric lens from music education.