Location: Kansas City
Born: November 2, 1955
Christopher Burnett is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist, educator, leader, and composer who began his professional career with military jazz bands “going pro” directly upon graduating high school at 18 years old. Over the course of a forty plus year 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, Artists Recording Collective.
Born in Olathe, Kansas, the middle son of Clifford LeRoy Burnett and Violet Lorraine Jackson Burnett, his family traveled frequently during his youth due to his father being a member of the active US Air Force. He was ultimately raised in his maternal hometown of Paola, Kansas where the family had moved once his father’s military career concluded in 1963. His mother was a significant influence on his choosing music as a professional career. And, it was his eldest brother, Richie Pratt, who mentored and encouraged him in the business as a professional. Subsequently, Mr. Burnett began his professional tenure by completing a full 22-year career performing and touring with notable military bands prior to embarking upon his current activities within the music scene at large.
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One of the most promising emergent jazz musicians in town isn’t some kid straight out of school or still in school. But at age 51, alto saxophonist Chris Burnett is just beginning to get noticed as his own man. —Joe Klopus, Jazz Critic, Kansas City Star
At The Drum Room, Chris' facility was sure as he breezed through his sets. The play list was strong, emphasizing classic compositions from jazz greats: Dolphin Dance, Black Narcissus, Recorda-Me, Moments Notice, and an original blues. Chris' tone is always controlled, and he has a way of embellishing the melody as he moves into his solo which is especially appealing. —Roger Atkinson, Editor, Jazz Ambassador Magazine
For more than 30 years, Chris Burnett has worked to develop his own language, his own sound
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