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.