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: October 19, 2018

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 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, 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 music business as a professional.

Mr. Burnett has released three albums as a leader. His latest, ‘Firebird’, is being released first as singles on the ARC label. Additional credits include performances, and a new recording with the Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet titled, “Echoes of Europe.” See: RECORDINGS

He held adjunct professor of music positions with University of Missouri Science and Technology (10 years) and at Metropolitan Community Colleges (5 years). Mr. Burnett directed the marketing and communications department for then, CEO Greg Carroll, concurrent with other key positions while working 5 years at the American Jazz Museum (2011-2016).

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FROM JAZZ DA GAMA (CANADA): “These are moments worth savouring, because discs documenting music as exquisite of form and function – in all its nudity – as this, on Echoes of Europe come along only very rarely.” ~ Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama (Canada)

FROM KCUR: “It’s an exceptionally graceful album that imbues mainstream jazz with the elegant sheen of classical chamber music.” ~ Bill Brownlee, The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine

FROM SOUNDCONTEST (ITALY): “The exotic atmosphere of Notos (Christopher Burnett) is enchanting. The well-timed playing of Massa is adamant. Christopher Burnett ponders his improvisational speech with wisdom and elegance, seasoning it with some color…” ~ Stefano Dentice, SoundContest (Italy)

DRUM MAG (ITALY): “Five original compositions by Massa, plus two songs composed for the occasion by Burnett and trumpeter guest Marcus Hampton, for a album of contemporary jazz marked by a strong melodic vocation and a great formal elegance.” ~ Guido Bugatti, Drumset Mag no

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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 BurnettMusic.com.

Clinic/Workshop Information

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

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Web Links

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Recordings

Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Jun7Fri
Christopher Burnett Quintet
Leavenworth Public Library
Leavenworth, KS
$20