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.
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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
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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