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Ranee Lee


Ranee Lee (vocalist, educator) was born in New York City in 1942. Lee began her performing career as a dancer and later toured as a drummer and tenor saxophonist. Her performance as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day” earned her a Dora Mavor Moore award and was the launching point for her recordings as a vocalist. Lee also wrote produced and starred in the musical, “Dark Divas” featuring the lives of Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington and others . Known for her sensitive phrasing and great musicality, Lee has collaborated with many of Canada’s finest jazz musicians and been recognized with Juno nominations including 2005’s “Just You, Just Me” with Oliver Jones and a National Jazz Award for Album of the Year. Her work as an educator was recognized by the IAJE in 1994. She was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2006