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Jazz Students Receive Free Summer Mentoring

Kenny Lee will mentor 10 jazz musicians over the summer.
Kenny Lee will mentor 10 jazz musicians over the summer. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- As part of the William L. Carter Foundation mentoring initiative, Kenny Lee has agreed to offer 10 qualified jazz musicians the opportunity to practice with his band during the summer months and to perform on stage with the band at the William L. Carter Jazz Concert series, which will be held at Yosemite Park during the summer.

The William L. Carter Jazz Clinic will offer young jazz musicians eight weeks of perfecting their musical talent at no cost to the musicians. The Carter Foundation will provide sponsorship.

Audition applications are due on Friday, June 10. The program will start during the month of July.

Lee, a trumpeter, began to fulfill his musical ambitions at an early age, playing trumpet in the White Plains elementary and high school jazz and marching bands.

He received his first trumpet lesson from his father.

After high school, Lee joined the Marines and played four years in the United States Marine Corps Band. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant E-4.

Lee spent the next 22 years at the White Plains Police Department and retired as a detective, then became a criminal investigator for the Bank of New York. He retired 17 years later as the bank’s regional security manager.

Lee continued to play trumpet, and later studied at the Westchester Conservatory of Music in White Plains.

He continues to perform at clubs and restaurants throughout the tri-state area with his band, the Kenny Lee Allstars.

To audition to be part of the William L. Carter Jazz Clinic, send an email to caelumfocus@live.com.

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