New UC Davis Jazz Bands Director Debuts in November Performance

Otto Lee
Music department lecturer Otto Lee, director of the UC Davis Jazz Bands, makes his performance debut at UC Davis later this month. (Justin Han/UC Davis)

Contributed by Michael G. French, College of Letters and Science

Music department lecturer Otto Lee makes his concert debut as director of the UC Davis Jazz Bands on Thursday, Nov.  21.

The concert’s program features compositions by jazz masters Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter and others.

Lee is a saxophonist, educator and composer who received a bachelor’s degree in instrumental jazz performance and a master’s degree in music performance from California State University, Fresno. He completed his doctoral degree in jazz studies from the University of Colorado,  Boulder’s School of Music in 2017. He has performed as a freelance musician in Denver, the Bay Area and throughout the Central Valley.

The 7 p.m. concert is in the Ann E. Pitzer Center. Tickets are $24 for general admission and $12 for students and may be purchased through, by phone at 530-754-2787, or at the door.

Want more jazz? Lee will also lead the Jazz Combos of UC Davis in a free concert on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Pitzer Center.

Visit here for more information about other performances. The Department of Music is housed in the College of Letters and Science.

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