Lee Marvin Band
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Lee Marvin Band

Yonkers, New York, United States | SELF

Yonkers, New York, United States | SELF
Band Jazz Singer/Songwriter


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Flowers To Strangers (LP)



Lee Marvin is a songwriter, a singer, and a distinguished New York City bassist. He writes both vocal and instrumental songs that draw on a wide range of life experiences and musical styles. Like Charles Mingus he views himself as a chronicler. Lee sings because the songs are his stories to tell. As a bassist, he has performed with a diverse list of musicians that includes: Coco Robicheaux, Pinetop Perkins, Montego Joe, Ted Curson, Julee Cruise, Joe Locke, Martha Reeves, and Melvin Sparks. Using his lifetime of gigs in venues ranging from New York City subway platforms to the Cork Jazz Festival, Lee has crafted a book of songs that tell the story of a working musician’s place in the evolution of tradition.

The Lee Marvin Band is fueled by songwriting, improvisation and interplay. Lee believes that bandstand is a sacred place and that good music contains magic. The band is about creating a place that brings out the best of its members, a place where the whole is greater that the sum of its parts. Each performance is a one of a kind, real time event to be shared with the audience.

Performance opportunities vary depending on things such as: venue size, appropriate volume, travel, availability of musicians, and budget. Lee’s preference is to play with a three or four piece band but he can also perform solo or duo.

The Lee Marvin Band’s first album, Flowers to Strangers was recorded in 2008. It features David Phelps on guitar and the late Rob Blumenthal on drums with guest appearances by Jeff Hermanson, Cleve Pozar, Pete Levin and Dana LaCroix. A second album, with an anticipated fall 2011 release date, is in the works. It features Bob Rodriguez on piano, Jim Toscano on drums and Mark Taylor on French horn.