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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