Lee is a trumpetist that has been playing with many known artists and also has been a member of the bands Supertramp and Tower of Power. Lee also played with Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders in the 1970s. This band also had electric bass innovator Jaco Pastorius in it.
Despite his desire to stay in Los Angeles, California after four years on the road with the legendary Wayne Cochran and C.C. Riders, Lee found himself traveling with Nicolette Larson's band, then with Lowell George of Little Feet. He backed up Lowell George during the latter's brief tour in June 1979 in support of George's album Thanks I'll Eat It Here. The tour was cut short after two weeks by George's death.
Additionally, Lee toured with numerous music legends including: Tom Petty, Aaron Neville, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis, Dwight Yoakam and Clint Black.
An original and founding member of the blue-eyed soul band of Jack Mack and The Heart Attack, Lee joined The Tonight Show band in July, 2001. He also continues to arrange for and perform with Etta James and the Roots Band.
In 2008, he played on Willy DeVille's Pistola album.