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Dee Spencer, PhD, Music Instructor/Accompanist.

Dee is a Professor of Music in the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University, where she founded the Jazz Studies undergraduate program in 1990. Dee served on the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Dee served on the governing boards of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and the SF Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). She currently serves on the board of the Community Music Center. She is past director of the GRAMMY All-Star National High School Jazz Combo and the SFJAZZ All-Star High School Ensemble. This ensemble competed at the Essentially Ellington Competition for Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2002 and 2003. She was musical director/conductor for the TheaterWorks production of RAISIN'. As a keyboardist, Dee has recorded with former Tower of Power vocalist Lenny Williams and Aretha Franklin's favorite drummer Bernard "Pretty" Perdie. She was a featured performer at the Beijing, Cork, Tasmanian, and Dresden International Jazz Festivals. In various settings, Dee has performed with jazz greats Jimmy Scott, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Branford Marsalis, John Handy, Greg Osby, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Regina Carter and R&B sensation LEDISI. Dee's debut CD, Vintage School was released in 2002. She recently composed the score for the musical "Goodnight, Gorilla." She earned an Ed.D from the University of San Francisco; M.M. from Washington University in St. Louis; and a B.S. from Florida A&M University.