Khari Allen Lee appointed Breeden Eminent Visiting Professor for 2022 fall semester

Published: August 11, 2022

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Musical artist and composer Khari Allen Lee will serve as the Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Visiting Scholar in the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University for the 2022 fall semester.

Lee will teach an undergraduate course on the style and practice of popular music, assist ensembles on jazz and contemporary American music and conduct outreach programming with the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities.

An award-winning artist, Lee holds degrees from Auburn University, Berklee College of Music and the University of New Orleans, and he has served on the faculty of University of New Orleans, Loyola University, Tulane University and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

Lee’s extensive recording, performing and touring experience includes work with artists Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, DeeDee Bridgewater, Delfeayo Marsalis, John, Branford Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, the Treme Brass Band, Terence Blanchard, Sheila E., Raphael Saadiq and Academy Award-winning film, Green Book, just to name a few.

“When Khari graduated with his Music degree from Auburn University, I knew he was destined to do great things in the music performance arena,” said Rick Good, professor, Director of Bands and chair of the department. “We are honored and privileged to have Mr. Khari Lee back in Auburn to share his knowledge and expertise with the current students and community this fall semester.”

For more information on events with Mr. Lee during the residence, contact Mark Wilson at or 334-844-6198.

Submitted by: Maiben Beard