Chris Burnett

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Chris Burnett is a performing artist who is based in his native Kansas City area.

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Chris Burnett is an alto saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator who began his active career at the age of 18 years old when he was selected by audition and accepted for musical service as a performing artist with the US Army Bands Career Program, where he performed and toured with several noteworthy professional US military band organizations for audiences at numerous locations in the continental United States and overseas. Subsequently, Mr. Burnett has continued as a life-long learner while performing music professionally for over three decades.

Born in Olathe, Kansas, he was ultimately raised in Paola after his family had traveled extensively in early childhood and lived at such places as: France, Michigan and Colorado. His studies in instrumental music began seriously under clarinetist, James R. Fuchs. Mr. Fuchs was the local school band director who exposed him to professional saxophone players like Charles Molina and Gary Foster during those formative years. He has studied with numerous significant teachers and at the Armed Forces School of Music, Webster University, Columbia College, Berklee College of Music, and American University.

Mr. Burnett is a former director of the Jazz Ensemble Program at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla); a former director of the NATO Jazz Ensemble; and, a former featured performing member of the Faculty Jazz Ensemble of the Armed Forces School of Music that was under the direction of Maurice Williams, Jr. (former leader of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble).

Today, Chris Burnett has established a credible reputation within his peer group as one of the finest alto saxophonists of his generation and is also considered to be among Kansas City’s most respected jazz artists. He has two commercial CD recordings available on the Artists Recording Collective label.

Professional Memberships include: American Federation of Musicians (Kansas City Local 34-627), The Recording Academy (GRAMMY® - voting membership), and the US Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP). He serves as a member of the Kansas City Youth Jazz Advisory Council, and was most recently elected as a Board Member (At-Large) of Kansas City’s historic Mutual Musicians Foundation. Mr. Burnett has been a writer-affiliate of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) since 1984.

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About the writer... Chris Burnett was an active Columnist at All About Jazz from 2001 through 2006, upon his return home to be based out of his native Kansas City metropolitan area. As the applied musical performing, writing and teaching aspects of his career have become inherently more established, his time to devote to writing has progressively become limited. Couple this factor with other exciting administrative responsibilities and there is little time to write articles outside of his own Official Blog at However, several articles still remain in the archives at All About Jazz and a google search will also still uncover archived articles at other publications. In addition to All About Jazz, his Musings in Cb writings have been published by such worthy publications as Tag It Publishing (New York), and syndicated by hundreds of other publications and websites.

About the column... “Musings in Cb was started in 2001 and began with writings that centered upon issues related mostly to the impact of online music on the jazz scene. A lot has changed since those early days - both, here at AAJ and in the field of music. I still hope to contribute something in writing here on occasion, so stay tuned...” ~ Peace, Cb

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