WHO WE ARE
Jazz Legacy Productions was founded in 2008 with the dream of preserving the legacies of the world’s most venerable jazz musicians—both old and new. The loving brainchild of veteran bassist John Lee, Jazz Legacy has since released 20 albums including such masterpieces as Monty Alexander’s Uplift, the Spirit and Journeys by Cyrus Chestnut, Source by Benny Green and the latest Heath Brothers collaboration called Endurance. With six Number One albums topping the charts, Jazz Legacy is on a trajectory that will immortalize jazz through the its seminal recordings. Coming in 2016, new albums by Hank Jones and Steve Davis, Andy Scott and Cyrus Chestnut as well as the Dizzy Gillespie ‘Afro Cuban’ Band are lined up for release into Jazz Legacy’s unique repertoire for enthusiasts and collectors around the world.
John Lee, Co-Founder. Bassist, composer, educator and producer, John Lee also serves executive director of the Dizzy Gillespie™ All-Stars and All-Stars Big Band with whom he performs regularly. In 2008, with partner Lisa Broderick, John formed the record label Jazz Legacy Productions.
The son of an A.M.E. minister, John's earliest musical impressions were formed in church and from listening to his father's extensive jazz collection. In 1970, after graduating from high school in Philadelphia, he enrolled at the Philadelphia Musical Academy (now the University of the Arts). During this period he began performing in New York City, and touring the United States with the bands of Carlos Garnett, Joe Henderson and Pharaoh Sanders. In 1972, John was hired as bassist for the Max Roach Quartet. Later that year he moved to Europe and stayed for two years. During this time abroad, he worked and recorded with Gary Bartz, Philip Catherine, Joe Henderson, Chris Hinze, Jasper Van'T Hof, Joachim Kuhn, Charlie Mariano and Toots Thielemans. With drummer Gerry Brown he recorded his first solo effort entitled "Infinite Jones" for the Keytone label, which has been re-released as “Bamboo Madness” on the Limetree label. After returning to the United States in 1974, John worked with the bands of Norman Connors, Gil Evans, Joe Henderson and Lonnie Liston Smith.
In 1975, he joined Larry Coryell's Eleventh House while also forming his own band with drummer Gerry Brown. Together they recorded two albums for Blue Note Records, “Mango Sunrise” & “ Still Can’t Say Enough”; two for Columbia Records, “Medusa” & “Chaser”; and one for Mood Records called “Brothers”. The long personal and professional association that ensued was to be a turning point in Lee’s career. From 1984 until Dizzy died in 1993, John was the bassist in the trumpet master’s various bands including the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, the 70th Anniversary Big Band and the United Nation Orchestra. After Dizzy’s passing, the family asked John to create an ongoing tribute to the legendary man and his music—and the concept for the Dizzy Gillespie™Alumni All-Stars was born. John has personally engineers many of the projects produced by his company and has worked with a select group of clients including Nat Adderley Jr., Don Braden, Cecil Brooks III, Roberta Gambarini, Roy Hargrove, Hank Jones, Bill Kirchner, Mack Avenue Records, Benny Powell, and CD101.9. His production credits include CDs for the Fantasy Band, the Heath Brothers, Cyrus Chestnut, Larry Coryell, Steve Davis, Carlos Garnett, Slide Hampton, Jon Lucien, One for All, Claudio Roditi, Saundra Santiago, Art Webb, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band.
Lisa Broderick, Co-Founder, Executive Producer. An active small-company business executive for the last 25 years, Lisa also serves as Managing Partner of Conversus Group, a management consulting firm she founded in 2001. Lisa has served as chief executive officer and chief financial officer for such corporate investors as GE Capital and News Corporation. She has extensive experience in change management, business development, finance and capital-raising.
At SpaFinder.com Inc., serving as Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Broderick was a member of the senior management team brought in to transform the company from an old-economy travel information and booking service into a new economy content provider and portal for wellness and the wellness lifestyle. Lisa raised the company’s first round of financing, aided in the hiring of the senior management team, developed the company’s business model and brought in professional services firms to support the company’s infrastructure.
At PenOp, Inc., Ms. Broderick was Chief Executive Officer, where she was responsible for transforming the company from a UK-based biometric security software provider into a US-based, Internet-centric security encryption firm. She hired the senior management team, raised additional rounds of capital, and re-formulated the company to position it to take advantage of opportunities arising out of the Internet marketplace.
At Honicorp, Inc., Ms. Broderick served as CEO, overseeing the turnaround of this GE Capital-funded software company. A major element in driving this change was a comprehensive strategic review and assessment process, which helped investors to understand the company’s strengths, weaknesses and assets.
Ms. Broderick has extensive experience helping management teams focus on the problems and issues facing them, and motivating them to devise plans and approaches necessary to address those needs. She has implemented integrated transformation efforts for a wide range of organizations, the results being wholesale change within every facet of business. As a consultant, Ms. Broderick emphasizes strategic change leadership and integrated transformation methodologies.
Ms. Broderick grew up in Phoenix and Palo Alto. She attended Stanford University from which she received a BA degree in Economics. She holds an MBA in global finance and marketing from Duke University.
Frank Moten, Vice President. Frank is the Founder/CEO of OURGIG.COM – a publicity, marketing, and website solutions company that has been providing the highest quality and affordable solutions since early 2000.
His career includes a vast technical leadership of startup/expansion/turnaround efforts for advertising, cosmetics, report distribution, internet, media and telecommunications companies and firms located throughout North America and Europe.
Moten’s areas of expertise includes: technical analysis, software development, cost analysis, operations planning and assessment, equipment acquisition, quality assurance of application design and implementation, vendor selection & negotiations, outsourcing and full lifecycle project management.
Throughout Moten’s life, his relationships in music have always been his most valued. Whether as a musician and producer himself, or through the vast relationships developed from his father’s ownership of a world famous Harlem Nightclub, to the extremely close relationships that he forged with all stars such as John Birks, ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie and the legends of musicians that share Frank's devotion to the music.