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.