Christopher Burnett

Instrument: Saxophone | Location: Kansas City

(Burnett) … whose warm and round alto tone is a boon to the entire session.
—David R. Adler, New York

Updated: March 30, 2019

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 18 years old.

He completed the recording and is finishing the mixing and mastering of his fourth album as a leader titled “Standards Vol. 1” – scheduled to be released commercially in 2019 and distributed worldwide on the ARC record label.

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.

A member of the official touring roster for the state of Kansas, Mr. Burnett’s jazz quintet is an eclectic instrumental music ensemble comprised of accomplished professional artists who are also experienced music educators. Concert performances feature Burnett original compositions and a select repertoire of jazz masterworks. He was a featured artist at the historically famous Drum Room for two years, performed on the first Saturday of each month during 2018 in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City and was the guest artist and clinician for the Northwest Missouri State Jazz Festival in 2019.

Mr. Burnett endorses and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively and is an official Conn-Selmer artist and clinician.

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a prominent Kansas City saxophonist, bandleader, instructor, and raconteur – Bill Brownlee, KCUR, Ink Magazine (as Music Critic, KCUR 89.3 FM, NPR) “Christopher Burnett is a prominent Kansas City saxophonist, bandleader, instructor, and raconteur. He also operates Artists Recording Collective, a record label that has released dozens of albums by jazz musicians from around the world.” - - - One of the most promising emergent jazz musicians in town – Joe Klopus, Jazz Town (as Jazz Critic, Kansas City Star) “One of the most promising emergent jazz musicians in town isn’t some kid straight out of school or still in school.” - - - The playlist was strong, emphasizing classic compositions from jazz greats – Roger Atkinson (as Editor, Jazz Ambassador Magazine) “At The Drum Room, Chris’ facility was sure as he breezed through his sets

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Primary Instrument



Kansas City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


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

Clinic/Workshop Information

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

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