Ada Lee

America’s loss was Peterborough’s gain, when Ohio-born Ada Lee moved here in 1963.

Ada possesses a remarkable voice, moving with ease from Jazz to Classical to Sacred. Over the years, Ada worked in elite nightclubs around North America as well as the legendary bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Since coming to Peterborough, Ada Lee, a jazz vocalist of international fame, is a tireless worker on behalf of many local causes: Cancer Society, Festival of Trees, Festival of Lights, Easter Seals Campaign.

Ada Lee now lives in Western Canada. She recently returned to Peterborough to help commemorate Black History Month.

  • Photo courtesy Jason Bain, The Peterborough Examiner