Mr. Burnett is a Selmer (Paris) saxophone artist and an official Conn-Selmer Artist Clinician who is based in his native Kansas City area.
CHRISTOPHER BURNETT – (b. 1955) 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 a forty plus year 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 business as a professional. Subsequently, Mr.
Burnett began his professional tenure by completing a full 22-year career
performing and touring with notable military bands prior to embarking upon his
current activities within the music scene at large.
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 forthcoming recording with the Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet titled,
“Echoes of Europe.” He is an in-demand woodwind instructor and jazz clinician,
serving as festival adjudicator and conductor for honors ensembles on many
Mr. Burnett is a Selmer (Paris) saxophone artist and an official Conn-Selmer Artist
Clinician. Mr. Burnett was the guest speaker for the 2016 Martin Luther King Day
Celebration at Fort Leavenworth. The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at
Drury University invited Mr. Burnett to be its first speaker in their ‘Self-Employment
in the Arts’ series for 2016.
He is an adjunct professor of music at Metropolitan Community Colleges, and
worked for 5 years at the American Jazz Museum, both are located in Kansas City.
He is the 1995 5-Star Award of Merit Winner of the National Federation of Music
Clubs as a Composer. The Missouri Arts Council appointed Mr. Burnett to serve on
the Advisory Panel for Multidiscipline for one term – ending June 30, 2016.
Mr. Burnett lives in the northwest Kansas City metropolitan area city of
Leavenworth, Kansas and maintains a significantly active recording, composing and
concert performance schedule. He is married to the flautist, Terri Anderson Burnett,
they have two adult children and four grandchildren.
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