Since moving to Boston just a short time ago, 22-year-old Lee Dynes has continued to achieve major musical milestones. After receiving a full-tuition scholarship from Berklee College of Music, Dynes began his studies with a focus in guitar performance and jazz composition. He quickly became noted for his unique and passionate guitar style, resulting in opportunities to appear at premier jazz venues across the country. Recent performances have seen Dynes at the 2009 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco as part of a west coast tour in the alt-strings group called Dr. Magpie. Later, Dynes combined musical forces with his colleagues to perform across the states as the Jazz Tellers, a trio described as "Berklee's brightest and most promising." In 2010, Dynes was invited to join the Ben Powell Quartet playing in and around Boston, including appearances at Club Passim, Salem Jazz Festival, and most notably Scullers Jazz Club, where his technical brilliance brought extended audience applause.
Great stage performances are nothing new for Lee Dynes. At a very young age, he picked up his dad's guitar and his life changed. He absorbed the sounds of blues, rock, and heavy metal while also being exposed to his father's roots: bluegrass and the best of American acoustic. After he heard a Joe Pass recording, his relationship with jazz music began and grew rapidly. Dynes's talent as a guitarist was evident, leading him to be named a "prodigy" and "virtuoso." Dynes's reputation led him to play hundreds of professional gigs while still in high school. During that time he shared the stage with Jane Monheit, Dianne Shurr, Patti Austin, James Moody, and Phil Woods, and a memorable evening with master guitarist Pat Metheny, who gave him praise and support. By high school graduation, Dynes had garnered numerous awards as a guitarist and composer, including the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers Award, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Jazz Guitar, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Composition, and the coveted guitar chair for the 2007 Grammy Jazz Ensemble.
This past year also proved to be very exciting for Lee Dynes. Jazz Revelation Records recorded his original, "Finding Strength in Change," on the 2011 compilation CD, Octave, presenting the finest jazz composers at Berklee. In May 2011, the Jazz Tellers completed the second consecutive summer international tour with Callum MacKenzie on sax and Nate Wong on drums. Dynes is working on other musical collaborations that reflect his versatility, with the start of the Acoustic Project, a duo with mandolin virtuoso Jacob Jolliff, and his ongoing work with gyspy jazz violinist Jason Anick. As Dynes strives for excellence and originality in music, he continues to study with the masters at Berklee College of Music, including Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Tim Miller, Dave Samuels, Dave Santoro, and David Gilmore. An outright exceptional performer, Dynes's passionate and mature improvisations inevitably bring standing ovations, which is why this guitarist, composer, and bandleader has been defined as "at the top of any list of up and coming jazz players."