Biography

Originally from Mission in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, after graduating in English from UBC, David Neil Lee spent many years in Toronto where he performed, toured and recorded as a double bassist and cellist, worked for the jazz magazine Coda, and ran the small press Nightwood Editions. After a brief stint in London, Ontario, he and his wife Maureen relocated to Pender Harbour, BC, where they raised their sons Malcolm and Simon, took part in community music and other projects, and David gained some of the experiences reflected in his new novel, Commander Zero (Tightrope Books 2012) and his award-winning Chainsaws: a History (Harbour Publishing 2006).His other books include Stopping Time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz (Véhicule Press 1999) and The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field (The Mercury Press 2006).Currently, while pursuing a PhD in English & Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, David lives with his family in Hamilton, Ontario.