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"The festival took root in the spring of 2010, when jazz vocalist Lee Engele"...July, 2011, More...

Jazz Police Articles
“Jazz at St Barney’s” - performing favorites from recordings and performances from her five year collaboration with guitarist Reynold Philipsek, More...

Butch Thompson at Bloomington Center for the Arts - Joining Butch will be vocalist Lee Engele performing everything from Dixieland to…, More...

“Jazz in June” with Butch Thompson, Lee Engel and Friends…, More...

Hopkins Center for the Arts – Evan Christopher combines his swinging New Orleans spirit with a rich mix of local vocal and instrumental talent, including singer Lee Engele…, More...

Bloomington Center for the Arts “Hot Christmas” - popular performers Lee Engele, Joan Griffith, Reynold Philipsek and Gary Schulte swing… , More...

Swing Set, “A musical revue of sassy swing tunes and many popular favorites...”, More...

"we’ve known for years that we have a swinging gem in Lee Engele. Now New York audiences have the opportunity to enjoy her charms, at the Metropolitan Room" More...

“Her clean presentation of lyric, her sense of swing, her reverence for the melody lingers long after the last note fades.” – Andrea Canter, Jazz Police, More...

“Lee Engele, current President of the Twin Cities Jazz Society, has been gaining more and more acclaim as a talented and hard-working vocalist in the region.” - March 2010, More...

 “The J to Z concert will feature an esteemed cast with local ties, Lee Engele, Debbie Duncan and Bruce Henry” - December 2009

“Lee Engele Swings at the Dakota, March 23rd” - March 2009

“Lee Engele performed with Dan Musselman at the gala opening of the
Burnsville Performing Arts Center in January” - February 2009

“The music will be hotter than ever when TCJS celebrates its 30th anniversary at the
Dakota Jazz Club” - February 2009, Twin Cities Jazz Society Celebrates 30th Anniversary

 “It's De-Lightful, It's De-licious, It's De-Lovely--it's familiar favorites and obscure gems from the
Cole Porter Songbook” - January 2008

“Lee’s career has been as diverse as her repertoire, which she brings to the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 29th” - May 2007

Star Tribune Articles
“St.Paul singer and Twin Cities Jazz Society prez Lee Engele celebrates her pleasant,drummerless six-song EP “In the Key of L,”which features a nice slice of Burt Bacharach (“Walk on By”) and a fun duet with guitar man Reynold Philipsek (“S’ Wonderful”),who’ll play this release party with violinist Gary Schulte and bassist Matt Senjem.”
Tom Surowicz,   - October 2010

"I'm also a jazz vocalist -- They go together in a bizarre way -- music and exercise and relaxation.”  - July 2009

“The Twin Cities Jazz Society celebrates its 30th anniversary with a gala starring some groovy old guys -- and a plethora of swingin' singers” - February 2009
Twin Cities Jazz Society
“Join two of the Twin Cities’ top jazz vocalists, Maud Hixson and Lee Engele, for an intimate night of jazz cabaret”…November 2010 Read the article.

“Jazz American Style” promises to be an entertaining revue, tripping its way through the many decades of the music’s development – Arne Fogel” - March 2010, Read the article.

“Singing their toasts to Birdland are three of the area’s best…” - December 2009

“Lee Engele will prove to be a powerful asset to the leadership of the Twin Cities Jazz Society. We on the board, and the wider community of Society members and jazz fans, are lucky to have her. “- Arne Fogel, Vocalist; - October 2008, Twin Cities Jazz Society Article  
Duluth News Tribune
"Early Saturday morning, Lee Engele will put on a pair of Capri yoga pants, wrist guards, a helmet and a pair of Salamon skates and compete in the 14th NorthShore Inline Marathon. A few hours after finishing, the St. Paul-based fitness aficionado will trade in her athletic gear for one of her little black dresses — something fitting for a four-hour jazz vocal performance at Club Saratoga." - September 2009, More...  
“Great Twin Cities Jazz Festival Performances”, More...  

Dakota Jazz Club”, More...  


“I like the stark purity of what we recorded. Your voice is very present and "in the moment”. In short, I love it.” – Reynold Philipsek, Musician, Composer, Arranger

“Lee Engele will prove to be a powerful asset to the leadership of the Twin Cities Jazz Society. We on the board, and the wider community of Society members and jazz fans, are lucky to have her. “ - Arne Fogel, Vocalist

 “Lee Engele is a wonderful vocalist who never fails to move her audiences with her passionate and sensual delivery of well thought musical arrangements. Lee always surrounds herself with the best musicians and her repertoire contains classic jazz songs as and well as lesser known gems. Lee is a solid and her humor and charm puts her audience at ease from the very beginning of each performance.” -Bruce A. Henry, Vocalist and Educator

"Lee Engele takes delight in her classic repertoire, treated with great fun and energy, and warmly communicated through her resonant, womanly sound." - Maud Hixson, Vocalist

“Lee's warm voice and easy sense of swing are just right” - Larry Englund, Disc Jockey, Host of Rhythm and Grooves, KFAI Radio

“Sounds wonderful, a real jazz sound and nice arrangements too.” - Judy Niemack, NY, Jazz Vocalist and Educator

“You have a rich tone and a sound a little reminiscent of Cleo Lane, whom I’ve always loved. - Lucia Newell

“Cheery and bright, and people like her. She’s got a good attitude. She’s bubbly.” - Paul Ierino, Club Saratoga

“WOW! What a performance! I hope we can have you back for another one of our events. You are a very talented group!” - Judy Tschumper, Director Downtown Lakeville Business Association

" Wonderful blend of instruments and voice/Rhythm - the singer stands out; they are all great musicians/Great selection of songs, great soloist/Another wonderful Sunday musical opportunity/Top notch/Unique combo of vocals and strings/Awesome musicians!/Very good and a most historical jazz/Excellent- The response from today’s audience appreciated the excellent performers & music which they experienced/Choice of songs - Comments compiled from the Patrons of the Chanhassen Library, 2010

"Different from other programs/The varied music/gypsy sound and especially the vocalist/Close up & personal/the vocals and jazz accompaniment/the harmonica player - Comments compiled from the Patrons of the Rice Street Library, 2010

"They created a wonderfully festive atmosphere. We have received many compliments on the music both on that day & since, and many people ask when we will do it again?! - Carol Warner, Washington County Library, 2009

”One of the swingingest singers in town.” - Andrea Canter, Jazz Police, 2008

“Your singing was terrific and very classy” - Jan Hass, Honeywell

“Local songbird Lee Engele swings through the tunes with the greatest of ease, taking her listeners along for an evocative ride." -Andrea Canter, Jazz Police, 2007