About Lee Bush
Lee's study led to an unexpected dedication to the guitar and a subsequent emersion into the depths of the world of music. After attending Baldwin-Wallace College and then the University of Missouri, receiving degrees from both institutions, he studied privately with Phil Rizzo of the Modern Music School in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1968 Lee joined Frank Gari and Nitondo Productions as an arranger, co-producer, co-composer and as an instrumentalist. Until 1976, this partnership created hundreds of music tracks for advertising, films, television programming, radio IDs and numerous songs. Clients included HBO, Miller Beer, AT&T, Ohio Bell, SOHIO (Standard Oil of Ohio) and Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers to name just a few. Much of the recording and production was done in New York City.
Teaching at the college level began in 1983 at the Youngstown University and Lakeland Community College. Subjects thaught included recording studio production, song writing, jazz history, classical and jazz guitar and guitar ensembles. In 1994 Lee joined the then new Jazz Studies Department at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. Subjects thaught included Ear Training, Jazz Theory, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Reading Music, Introduction to Music Theory, Jazz Arranging, Introduction to the Guitar Class and Music Business. In 2008 he joined the music department at Cleveland State University instructing guitar privately and teaching a class in beginning guitar. This position is currently held. His private teaching cereer was initiated in 1956.
Lee has played with such notable local musicians as Ernie Krivda, Bob Frasier, Joe Hunter, Neal Creque, Tom Inck, Pat Salvoggio, and Peter Demingus, to name a few. At the national/international level Lee has played in ensembles behind Carman McCrae, Conte Candoli, Terri Gibbs, Phil Woods, Pete Christlieb, Louis Bellson, Barrett Deems, Jiggs Whiggham, to name a few.
Besides playing in, and leading various commercial bands, Lee has co-led the Nice Jazz Trio with vibraphonist Alan Petersen since 1978. The trio is active in the greater Cleveland area and the Youngstown and western Pennsylvania region.
Also, he has written an instructional method book for guitar sight-reading and fingerboard knowledge, and is currently developing a comprehensive general guitar instructional method with educator Joshua Woodie.