As one of New Orleans’ most-in-demand artists, saxophonist, educator, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Khari Allen Lee has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, Branford Marsalis, Allen Toussaint, DeeDee Bridgewater, Stevie Wonder, the Treme Brass Band, Leah Chase, Herlin Riley, the Astral Project, Shannon Powell, Wes ‘Warmdaddy’ Anderson, Adonis Rose, Jason Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Bill Summers, Terence Blanchard, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts and more. He is lead saxophonist and touring member of Delfeayo Marsalis’ Uptown Jazz Orchestra & a faculty member at the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA).
As leader, Khari Allen Lee & the New Creative Collective have released three albums, Conscious Evolution (2012), Our Great Awakening (2014) & A New Earth (2016), all to enthusiastic praise. In 2015, he was chosen as newest artist endorser of the family of Jody Jazz Mouthpieces & Rovner Ligatures.
He is featured on recordings with Grammy & Tony-winner DeeDee Bridgewater & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (DeeDee’s Feathers, 2015), NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra (Make America Great Again!, 2016), New Orleans legend Dr. John (Ske-Dat-De-Dat, The Spirit of Satch, 2014), The Treme Brass Band (New Orleans Music, 2008), & recently released albums by Grammy-winning, octogenarian blues man, Bobby Rush, multi Grammy-winning trumpeter & composer Terence Blanchard (The Comedian [Original Motion Picture Sountrack], 2017), & Grammy, Billboard-winner Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (Live At Newport, 2017) .
As an educator, Lee has served on the faculty of Tulane University, as Director of Music at the International School Moshi, Tanzania, East Afrika at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and as a clinician nationally and internationally. Lee currently serves in the Music Department at the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), and as Woodwind Specialist & Director of the Grown Folks Lab Band with the Musicollaborative, a community based music education service organization.
He earned his Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Auburn University, attended the Berklee College of Music as a scholarship recipient, graduating with an Artist Diploma in Professional Music, & earned his Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans as a member of the Louis Armstrong Quintet.