Nicholas Lee (born 4 May 1997), known professionally as Nick Lee, is a Chinese- and Japanese-American producer, jazz trombonist, and DJ. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he attended the Harvard-Westlake School before transferring to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) to pursue music more seriously. Upon graduating from LACHSA, Nick moved to New York to study jazz trombone at The Juilliard School for a couple years, before heading back to Los Angeles to pursue a career in pop music.
Nick has accumulated numerous accolades for trombone, such as his selection as a National YoungArts Jazz Finalist, as 1st trombone in the GRAMMY Band, which performed at GRAMMY week events and recorded an album at Capitol Records, and in 2016 and 2017, his selection for Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which toured Japan. He has performed with many world renowned jazz musicians, including: Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Christian McBride, Eric Harland, John Clayton, Hubert Laws, Jimmy Greene, Eric Reed, and Bill Charlap.
In the winter of 2015, Nick fell in love with music production. He produced his cousin’s composition: a song written to celebrate their grandfather who had recently passed. His grandfather, Dick Jeong, was a “paper son”—a Chinese immigrant who came to America by assuming a false “paper” identity in order to circumnavigate the Chinese Exclusion Act. To honor his grandfather, Nick uses paper as an artistic theme.