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“McAllistair held a sell-out crowd spellbound as she delivered her songs with exquisite expression ... a talented vocalist and composer ... outstanding originals” - five stars, John McBeath, Jazz Critic, The Australian & The Advertiser
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Jazz vocalist and composer Lee McAllistair has performed at major festivals and venues around Australia and the globe for the past 15 years. Lee studied under Jo Lawry, Anita Wardell and ConnaitreMiller before going on to join the jazz vocal teaching staff at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Now based in Sydney, Lee is furthering her musical journey in 2011 at Stanford University’s summer program with Gretchen Parlato, and is continuing Jazz Composition studies with the Berklee School of Music (international).

Australian jazz vocalist and composer Lee McAllistair has enjoyed an international career over the past 15 years.

She has performed at London’s famous 606 Jazz club, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, across Asia and at major jazz festivals, events and venues around Australia and recorded for the BBC (UK), ABC (Aust), Channels 10, 9 and 7.

Lee studied with respected jazz vocalists Anita Wardell, Jo Lawry and Connaitre Miller at Adelaide University's Elder Conservatorium of Music, before going on to join the vocal jazz teaching staff at Adelaide University for two years. Since her move to Sydney, Lee has studied with Kristin Berardi and is currently furthering her composition studies with the Berklee College of Music Jazz Composition program (international), and the Stanford University summer jazz residency (August 2011) with Gretchen Parlato.

Lee launches her first album of entirely original jazz songs, entitled 'Spellbound'; on September 28, 2011 at Sound Lounge, Sydney. The album features long-time collaborators Mark Simeon Ferguson on piano, Mike Bevan on guitar and Lyndon Gray on bass. The album is a lush musical soundscape that traverses diverse musical ground, from Latin, blues and swing to more pop-influenced tunes.

"My focus is always great melody, memorable melody – I pay homage to the craft of the jazz standard, even though these are new songs. Spellbound is also a very emotional journey. It’s about finding that dreamy place where you step back and realise that while life is not the prefabricated fairytale you thought it would be, it’s somehow just perfect, with all its flaws, exactly as it is. Finding perfection in imperfection is what this album is ultimately about.”

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Lee McAllistair - Spellbound

Altered Records, 2011
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4.5 star album review

Source: The Weekend Australian

Album launch review

Source: The Advertiser

Interview All About Jazz (New York)

Source: All About Jazz

Feature album review

Source: Eastside 89.7FM (Sydney)

5 star review

Source: Adelaide Fringe (The Advertiser)
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Upcoming shows Sept / Oct 2012

Posted on September 10, 2012 by lee

Gig @ 505

Posted on June 13, 2012 by lee

Where to buy Spellbound from

Posted on October 13, 2011 by lee
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