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Time: 6-8pm
Cost: Free

Artists will perform in the Upper Courtyard area at The Charles Hotel.

Shows are weather permitting.

CANCELED DUE OT THE WEATHER - Courtyard Series: Berklee at the Regattabar - The Jazz Tellers

Featuring: Lee Dynes - guitar
Clay Lyons - saxophone
Nate Wong - drums

Since moving to Boston just a short time ago, twenty-one year old Lee Dynes has continued to achieve major musical milestones. After receiving a full-tuition scholarship from Berklee College of Music, Lee began his studies as a dual major in performance and composition. He quickly became noted for his unique and passionate guitar style resulting in opportunities to appear at premier jazz venues across the country.

Recent performances have seen Lee at the 2009 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco as part of a west coast tour in the alt-strings group called Dr. Magpie. Later, Lee combined musical forces with his colleagues to perform across the states as The Jazz Tellers, a trio described as “Berklee’s brightest and most promising…” including Clay Lyons (sax) and Nate Wong (drums). In 2010, Lee was invited to join the Ben Powell Quartet playing in and around Boston including appearances at Club Passim, Salem Jazz Festival and most notably Sculler’s Jazz Club where his technical brilliance brought extended audience applause.

Great stage performances are nothing new for Lee Dynes. At a very young age, he picked up his dad’s guitar and his life changed. Lee absorbed the sounds of blues, rock and heavy metal while also being exposed to his father’s roots; bluegrass and the best of American acoustic. After he heard a Joe Pass recording, his relationship with jazz music began and grew rapidly. Lee’s talent as a guitarist was evident leading him to be named a “prodigy” and “virtuoso”. Dynes’ reputation led him to play hundreds of professional gigs while still in high school. During that time he shared the stage with Jane Monheit, Dianne Shurr, Patti Austin, James Moody, Phil Woods and a memorable evening where Lee played for master guitarist Pat Metheny who gave him praise and support. By high school graduation, Lee had garnered numerous awards as a guitarist and composer including: ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers Award, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Jazz Guitar, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Composition, and the coveted guitar chair for the 2007 Grammy Jazz Ensemble.

This year has already proved to be exciting for Lee Dynes. Jazz Revelation Records signed with Lee to record his original, Finding Strength in Change, on the 2011 compilation CD, Octave, presenting the finest jazz composers at Berklee. As Lee strives for excellence and originality in music, he continues to study with the masters, Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Tim Miller, Dave Samuels and Dave Santoro. Lee is currently working on other projects that reflect his versatility in playing other musical styles and he looks forward to recording more of his original compositions with fellow musical companions. An outright exceptional performer, Lee’s passionate and mature improvisations inevitably bring standing ovations which is why this guitarist-composer-bandleader has been defined as, “… at the top of any list of up and coming jazz players.”