Colburn Playlist: Lee Secard on Jazz

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Lee Secard is the Chair of the Colburn Jazz Workshop in the Community School of Performing Arts. Lee is a saxophonist, composer, and arranger who has performed with the bands of Maynard Ferguson, Bill Watrous, Jack Sheldon, the Luckman Jazz Orchestra, Les Hooper, Bobby Caldwell, Brian Setzer, Ladd McIntosh, Tim Davies, and many others. He has played extensively for film and television recordings on a variety of woodwinds.

His compositions and arrangements are performed by professional and university jazz groups and big bands. He is currently the instructor of saxophone and department chair of the Jazz Workshop at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. His teaching has recently been nationally recognized, and he is a recipient of the Downbeat Achievement Award for Music Education for 2020.

Get to know more about Lee’s picks for important performances by Black jazz musicians.

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Bessie Smith: “St. Louis Blues” (1925)


Louis Armstrong: “Basin Street Blues” (1928)


Art Tatum: “Stormy Weather” (1934)


Robert Johnson: “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” (1936)


Lester Young: “Lady Be Good” (1936)


Billie Holiday: “Strange Fruit” (1939)


Lionel Hampton: “Flying Home” (1942)


Thelonius Monk: “Round Midnight” (1944)


Charlie Parker: “Ko Ko” (1945)


Count Basie: “April In Paris” (1955)


Duke Ellington: “Jeeps’s Blues” (1956)


Miles Davis: “Straight No Chaser” (1959)


Ornette Coleman: “Lonely Woman” (1959)


Charles Mingus: “Fables Of Faubus” (1959)


John Coltrane: “Giant Steps” (1960)


Howlin’ Wolf: “Highway 49” (1970)


Earth, Wind, and Fire: “September” (1978)


Wynton Marsalis: “Autumn Leaves” (1987)


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