Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Abraham Burton - of Belizean descent, is a native of New York. His interest in music began its development at the High School of Music & Art, during which time he was awarded by Downbeat and McDonalds in their Combo Competitions. He later studied under the tutelage of the jazz great, Jackie McLean at the Hartt School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music, graduating with honors.
Abraham's professional career as a musician was initiated with the legendary drummer Arthur Taylor. During his five years with Taylor's Wailers he recorded on Mr. A.T. and Live at the Village Vanguard on Enja Records, touring throughout Europe and performing at notable New York clubs such as: The Village Vanguard, Sweet Basil, and Birdland.
Since his time, Abraham has developed a reputation as a veritable professional performing and/or recording with the most prestigious of musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Milt Jackson, Roy Hargrove, Louis Hayes, James Carter, Kenny Barron, and Jimmy Smith to name just a few.
He went on to form a band in '94 entitled The Abraham Burton Quartet which recorded Closest to the Sun and The Magician with Enja Records. The group's talent received worldwide acclaim, allowing them to tour and perform in countries such as Australia, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Holland, Japan, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Virgin Islands. They have also been showcased at venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Moors Jazz Festival, and the Panasonic Jazz Festival.
Abraham's most recent recording entitled Rawbone, is an independent project in collaboration with renowned drummer and friend, Eric McPherson. The band, under the name Forbidden Fruit, features James Hurt on piano and Yosuke Inoue on bass. Recent reviews in the New York Times places them as formidable contenders in the contemporary jazz scene.