Christopher Burnett

Christopher Burnett

Musicians | Instrument: Saxophone | Location: Kansas City

With The Standards Vol. 1, Burnett shows how songs continue to evolve and allow players to express their own unique style. The level of musicianship is exceptional here, and Burnett definitely gives each song a refreshing vitality.

—All About Jazz

Updated: November 26, 2022

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 just 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. He subsequently completed a full 22-year career while working with various top military musical organizations. Then he established a professional music career coming back and working in many capacities as a key member of his native Kansas City arts scene for the twenty years he's been home.

He recently completed the recording and release of his fourth album as a leader titled, “The Standards, Vol. 1” – available worldwide on the ARC record label. The esteemed Kansas City jazz journalist, Bill Brownlee recently said in his review of this album, "Burnett, one of the most industrious figures on Kansas City’s music scene, treats jazz as refined chamber music in his capacities as a saxophonist, bandleader, educator and record label executive."Mr. Burnett endorses and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively and is an official Conn- Selmer artist and clinician. He has received grants from Conn-Selmer to present clinics at Music Educators Associations in both Kansas and Missouri.

An official member of the touring artist 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. Noteworthy performances include the Roots Festival in his maternal hometown of Paola, Kansas; a featured artist residency at the historically famous Drum Room for two years, a one-year residency on the first Saturday of each month at Black Dolphin in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City; and, was the guest artist and clinician for the Northwest Missouri State Jazz Festival.

He has performed alongside and worked with many wonderful artists. He has shared the stage and studio with great musicians such as Bobby Watson, Will Matthews, Bob Bowman, Marcus Hampton, Ahmed Alaadeen, Greg Carroll, Bill Crain, David Basse, Sumi Tonooka, Erica Lindsay, Dino Massa, Marco Zurzolo, Lutz Herbig, Michael Session, Jeff “Siege” Siegel, Michael Jefry Stevens, Stanton Kessler, Jim Nesbit, Keith Philbrick, Dr.

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"With The Standards Vol. 1, Burnett shows how songs continue to evolve and allow players to express their own unique style. The level of musicianship is exceptional here, and Burnett definitely gives each song a refreshing vitality." ~ All About Jazz

"Burnett, one of the most industrious figures on Kansas City’s music scene, treats jazz as refined chamber music in his capacities as a saxophonist, bandleader, educator and record label executive. His genteel sensibilities are beautifully showcased on The Standards, Vol. 1." ~ Plastic Sax

“The best use of the flutes is on “Notos”, where they are gorgeous in ensemble with the two flugelhorns

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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 BurnettPublishing.com.

Clinic/Workshop Information

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

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Dolphin Dance

From: The Standards, Vol. 1
By Christopher Burnett

Christopher Burnett Albums