Bill Lee, jazz bassist, composer and father of Spike Lee, dies aged 94

Bill Lee and Spike Lee
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Bill Lee – the jazz bassist and composer who worked with some of the biggest names in music – has died at the age of 94.

Lee’s son, American filmmaker Spike Lee, confirmed to The New York Times that the double bass session heavyweight passed away on Wednesday (May 24). No cause of death has been given.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.