Christopher Burnett

Christopher Burnett

Instrument: Saxophone | Location: Kansas City

An imaginative arrangement breathes new life into 'Corcovado.' Stan Kessler’s shimmering trumpet solo elevates 'Dolphin Dance.' 'Freedom Flight,' a sprightly original Burnett composition, features a sterling guitar solo from Charles Gatschet. Burnett soars throughout.
—Plastic Sax, Kansas City

Updated: May 1, 2021

Born: November 2, 1955

Christopher L. Burnett is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist, educator, arts business leader, and award- winning composer who began his professional career with military jazz bands going pro directly upon graduating high school at just 18 years old. Over the course of his career, Mr. Burnett has performed professionally around the world, recorded noteworthy albums as a leader, taught at the college-level and co- founded a significant independent recording label. He subsequently completed a full 22-year career while working with various top military musical organizations. Then he established a professional music career coming back and working in many capacities as a key member of his native Kansas City arts scene for the twenty years he's been home.

He recently completed the recording and release of his fourth album as a leader titled, “The Standards, Vol. 1” – available worldwide on the ARC record label. The esteemed Kansas City jazz journalist, Bill Brownlee recently said in his review of this album, “Burnett, one of the most industrious figures on Kansas City’s music scene, treats jazz as refined chamber music in his capacities as a saxophonist, bandleader, educator and record label executive.”Mr. Burnett endorses and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively and is an official Conn- Selmer artist and clinician. He has received grants from Conn-Selmer to present clinics at Music Educators Associations in both Kansas and Missouri

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”With The Standards Vol. 1, Burnett shows how songs continue to evolve and allow players to express their own unique style. The level of musicianship is exceptional here, and Burnett definitely gives each song a refreshing vitality.” ~ All About Jazz

”Burnett, one of the most industrious figures on Kansas City’s music scene, treats jazz as refined chamber music in his capacities as a saxophonist, bandleader, educator and record label executive. His genteel sensibilities are beautifully showcased on The Standards, Vol. 1.” ~ Plastic Sax

“The best use of the flutes is on “Notos”, where they are gorgeous in ensemble with the two flugelhorns

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

Kansas City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Teaching Studio and Clinics services are dedicated to providing individual instruction programs based upon many years of teaching privately and at the university level, from the perspective of an active professional artist who has been a full-time working musician for decades. More information available at BurnettPublishing.com.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Official Selmer (Paris) Saxophone Artist and Conn-Selmer Clinician

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Phil Woods
saxophone, alto
Miles Davis
trumpet
Paul Desmond
saxophone, alto
Joe Henderson
saxophone, tenor
Lee Konitz
saxophone, alto
Jackie McLean
saxophone, alto
Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto

Links

Dolphin Dance

From: The Standards, Vol. 1
By Christopher Burnett

Christopher Burnett Albums