Fonds P0233 - David Lee fonds

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David Lee fonds

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P0233

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  • 1984-2000 (Creation)
    Creator
    Lee, David

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23 cm of textual records
3 photographs

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([ca. 1950]-)

Biographical history

David Neil Lee is a Canadian writer and musician, born around 1950 in British Columbia. He is the author of several books.

Lee studied English at UBC, before he moved to Toronto, where he performed as a jazz musician. In the mid-seventies, he started writing articles for Coda and other music magazines. He was co-editor of Coda with Bill Smith from 1976 to 1983. From 1983 to 1990, he was part owner of the Canadian publishing house Nightwood Editions, together with his partner Maureen Cochrane, whom he married around 1985. Lee and and Cochrane lived in Toronto, before moving to London, Ontario in 1988 for a few years. They later returned to British Columbia. They have two sons, Malcom and Simon.

In 1985, Lee started working on a biography of the Canadian jazz pianist Paul Bley, entitled “Stopping time : Paul Bley and the transformation of jazz.” The biography was published in 1998 by Vehicule Press.

In 2004, Lee obtained a MA in Music Criticism from McMaster University. In 2017, he received his PhD in English from the University of Guelph. He is member of the Writers’ Union of Canada.

As musician, David Lee plays with the Lee Palmer Bennett Trio.

David Lee is now living in Hamilton, Ontario.

Custodial history

The fonds was transferred from Concordia University's Records Management and Archives Department to Concordia University Libraries' Special Collections March 16, 2016.

Scope and content

The David Lee fonds illustrates David Lee’s work as an author as well as the life of Paul Bley. It contains material related to the biography of the Montreal-born jazz pianist Paul Bley (1932-2016), entitled “Stopping Time : Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz” by Paul Bley and David Lee, published by Vehicule Press in 1998.

The fonds includes transcripts of interviews with Paul Bley; manuscripts for the book “Stopping Time : Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz” by Paul Bley and David Lee; correspondence; and photographs, among other documents.

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The documents were donated to the Records Management and Archives Department by David Lee in 2009.

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  • English

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Reproduction for research or private study is permitted.
Use of material in publications cannot be done without permission of the copyright holder.

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