Ranee Lee

Brooklyn born, Ranee Lee is now celebrating forty-nine years in Montreal, where she enjoys a successful, multi-faceted career as one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists.  An award-winning actress, teacher and songwriter, she is a member of the Order of Canada and a proud author of children’s books. Ranee has recorded 13 albums for the Justin Time label (winning the JUNO Award for 2010’s ‘Lives Upstairs’) – an illustrious discography of acclaimed recordings that feature some of the finest jazz musicians of our time among its sidemen. Throughout her career, Ranee has performed with many jazz notables, including Clark Terry, Terry Clarke, Bill Mayes, Herbie Ellis, Red Mitchell, Milt Hinton, Oliver Jones, John Bunch and George Arvanitas.


A Dora Mavor Moore Award winning actress, Ranee starred in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Canada’s first production of the musical portrayal of Billie Holiday. Her subsequent recording, Deep Song, featured label mate Oliver Jones and well as Milt Hinton, bassist with Billie Holiday. The recording was met with acclaim, bringing Ranee’s voice to the attention of jazz fans and concert producers throughout the world.

Her latest touring show is the production Dark Divas, (from her album of the same name) which Ranee wrote and performs in, it is a musical about the lives of some of the most compelling women singers of the century. Joined by some of Montreal’s top musicians on this musical journey, and featuring songs that were sung by Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, Lee in no way emulates the renditions by these great singers, she puts her own special stamp on each song.  The show honors the divas that have influenced her most in her career as a jazz diva herself.

 What the critics are saying:

  • “Ranee Lee seems to be incapable of less than excellence….. (her) tribute to the seven “dark divas” is no less than supreme. Through her love of song and singers, she perhaps unwittingly positioned herself as one of the leading successors to the legendary singers of preceding generations.”  – Jazz 52nd St
  • “A telling coda to an album saying “thanks” to those she listened to over the years as she went down her own road. After listening to this album one wishes that Ranee Lee’s one woman show were playing down the street. Highly recommended.” –  All About Jazz 


For further information, please contact Justin Time Records at 514.738.9533, or info@justin-time.com. To learn more about Justin Time, and its 35 years of great recordings, and to browse its diverse catalogue of jazz, blues and gospel recordings, visit www.justin-time.com.