Crissy and little friend

About Crissy Lee

After many fruitful years in the music business, starting at the very tender age of 4,  from a background of jazz and big bands plus a smattering of rock, pop and Latin - Crissy Lee is well respected and admired by her peers and musical colleagues as one of the UK's most experienced professional musicians.

Her recent appearances as the “all-singing, all-drumming heartbeat” of The Skinnerettes – the resident band on the Frank Skinner Show – have once again put Crissy back into the spotlight proving that one can still have something to offer even when you are a little more mature!!

Crissy's expertise was honed by working alongside such celebrities as The Beatles, Dinah Washington, Al Jarreau, Maynard Ferguson, Kathy Stobart and Don Lusher. She has a series of TV appearances to her credit including appearances with the Jack Parnell Big Band, a featured guest spot with Jack Parnell and Ronnie Verrell as well as appearances with The Ray Conniff Orchestra, Johnnie Patrick and many others throughout Europe.

With her own series of projects, ranging in size from the renowned 13-piece Crissy Lee Jazz Orchestra down to the Crissy Lee Trio,  she has performed at numerous jazz festivals in the UK (Glasgow Intl., Birmingham, Edinburgh, Marlborough, Clacton, Greenwich etc.), Europe (Cork, Eire -Armentiere, France - Germany, Spain and throughout the rest of the world (South Africa, Egypt, Australia).

Crissy has recently worked very closely with Paul Stevenson. Inspired by each other's musical talent, they have tremendous respect for each other. This inspiration and close collaboration has created a CD performed by the Crissy Lee Jazz Orchestra with Paul writing specifically for Crissy as the central, driving force of the band.

Having never considered herself a "purist" in the true jazz sense, Crissy loves to highlight the other musical influences that also play a huge part of her musical make-up. This has lead to her working more recently with artistes like Clare Teal.

She was recently asked to join the panel of judges for the Young Drummer of the Year organised by Mike Dolbear

Crissy is heavily involved in sharing her experience with young musicians by leading drum events – an activity that has taken her around the globe, most recently to Florida, USA. And also by teaching, both in schools and privately at her own percussion studio called, rather appropriately, “Fiddlesticks”. She has had great success in this field as many of her pupils have gone on to become professional drummers in their own right.