Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Joonsam Lee started out on the electric bass at nineteen after exposure to Jaco Pastorious, and switched to acoustic two years later, influenced by Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Christian McBride, and Avishai Cohen. He studied classical bass with Yeong-Seok Seong (Seoul National Symphony Orchestra) and simultaneously played in drummer Yeon Namgung's jazz band on TV, radio, and in concert halls. In 2007, he moved to New York City to study at NYU where he had the privilege of studying and performing with Joe Lovano, Brian Lynch, Ralph Alessi, Kenny Werner, John Scofield, Wayne Krantz, Don Friedman, Lenny Pickett, Andy Gravish, and Jean-Michel Pilc to name a few. Upon graduating from NYU with a Master's Degree, he became busy performing and recording within the city's fertile jazz and contemporary music scene.
Joonsam currently lives in New York and in his so far short time living in town, he plays with some of the finest musicians. Appearances includes major venues in NYC and festivals around the world, such as Blue Note Jazz Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Smalls, Fat Cat, Kitano, Jazz Gallery, Cleopatra's Needle, Grand Tour Jazz Festival (Italy), Jazz Di Marca Festival (Italy), and Jarasum International Jazz Festival (Korea).
He has led his own groups and as a sideman he's performing with a wide array of musicians, having toured and played jazz, broadway musicals and with Symphony Orchestras (NYKSO).
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