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Saxophonist, educator, and military band veteran Christopher L. Burnett is known for his warm and lyrical jazz sound. Following a 20-plus year military career during which he taught and performed, Burnett embarked on a fruitful career teaching at a university and became a performer. He continued to perform in his native Kansas, releasing albums like 2013's Time Flies, 2014's Firebird, and 2021's The Standards, Vol. 1. 

Born in Olathe, Kansas, Burnett grew up in a military family. Consequently, he moved often before settling in the Kansas City area. Along with his older brother, drummer Richie Pratt, Burnett was exposed to music growing up. His mother introduced him to the piano and he was a member of the youth choir at his church. As part of his school band program, he took up saxophone and clarinet. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Music Program where, along with performing, he continued to pursue higher education, studying at the Armed Forces School of Music, Webster University, Missouri's Columbia College, Berklee College of Music, and American University. Burnett spent over 22 years in the military, rising to the distinguished rank of First Sergeant in the position of Enlisted Bandleader. While in the military he held numerous positions, including a staff and faculty assignment at the Armed Forces School of Music. He was also the Leading Chief Petty Officer of the NATO Band in Naples, Italy. There, he served as NATO Ceremonial Band Conductor, directed the jazz band, and performed as a featured soloist. Other assignments included being selected to play the lead alto saxophone chair with the West Point Military Academy Band's Jazz Knights, selection for assignment as a Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal Conductor at the Armed Forces School of Music, and being a featured soloist with the Hof Symphony Orchestra in Germany. By the time he left the military, he had been awarded both the Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Army Meritorious Service Medal. 



Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2024
Track listing: Finally; Always; Maybe; Infinity; Later; Yesteryears


Article: Album Review

Christopher Burnett: The Standards, Vol. 2 (Live at The Drum Room in Kansas City)

Read "The Standards, Vol. 2 (Live at The Drum Room in Kansas City)" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

During its heyday, The Drum Room in The Hotel President was one of Kansas City's most popular jazz venues. Performers such as Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, and Benny Goodman all played there. The Drum Room closed during the late seventies but was brought back to life a few years later and, between 2006 and 2007, The ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bobby Watson, Adam Larson, Charlie Parker & Rod Fleeman

Read "Bobby Watson, Adam Larson, Charlie Parker & Rod Fleeman" reviewed by Joe Dimino

On the final show of 2022, we celebrate the titans of the Kansas City scene throughout the hour starting with guitarist Rod Fleeman with a live cut from his time at the fabled KC institution the Green Lady Lounge. From there we hear from the king of KC in Bobby Watson then Adam Larson and Christopher ...


The Standards, Vol. 2 (Live at The Drum Room in Kansas City)

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2022
Track listing: All The Things You Are (Live); Yesterdays (Live); My One and Only Love (Live); Triste (Live); Black Narcissus (Live); Invitation (Live); Nefertiti (Live)


Article: The Big Question

Why don't more jazz venues present the music more in line with how people live today, rather than how they lived 60 years ago?

Read "Why don't more jazz venues present the music more in line with how people live today, rather than how they lived 60 years ago?" reviewed by Christopher Burnett

I have pondered for more than a decade as to why most jazz venues don't present the music contemporary to the lifestyles of most people today. Some do. Progressive examples of such venues that come immediately to mind include, Shapeshifter Lab in jny: New York City and The Blue Whale in jny: Los Angeles. ...


Article: Year in Review

Popular Jazz Songs: 2021

Read "Popular Jazz Songs: 2021" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often a featured song is heard, and the following represent the most popular in 2021. If you missed them the first time around, give them a listen now, and enjoy! Say It Again From: From Now On By Leon Brenko Menart I ...


Freedom Flight (single)

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Standards, Vol. 1 (ARC-2925)

6. Freedom Flight (Burnett, arr. CbQ)

Artist Personnel

Christopher Burnett - alto saxophone, composition, arranger, bandleader
Roger Wilder - piano
Bill McKemy - acoustic bass
Clarence Smith - drums
Charles Gatschet - guitar (2, 4-6)


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jordan Seigel, Christopher Burnett, Kamasi Washington

Read "Jordan Seigel, Christopher Burnett, Kamasi Washington" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We start the 697th Episode of Neon Jazz with Jordan Seigel, an Los-Angeles-based pianist and composer who has done TV and film scores with a song off his 2020 release Beyond Images. We also catch up with another Los Angeles-based musician and actor in Clifton Davis who teams with Beegie Adair on his debut album. Kansas ...


Song of the Day

Dolphin Dance

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2021
Duration: 05:59


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