Clarinet Quartet Commission

I finished writing a unique arrangement for the Grenazilla Clarinet Quartet of “Mr. Magic” by Ralph MacDonald and William Salter. Many readers might recall this composition was popularized by the late contemporary jazz saxophonist, Grover Washington, Jr. My arrangement is for clarinet quartet and is a commissioned work done in collaboration with Cathy A. Ogram. We met during military service …

“Portraits” by Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet + 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2018 Kansas City USA – Italian jazz piano maestro Dino Massa is returning to Kansas City in 2019 to perform and record. He and ensemble co-leader Christopher Burnett are writing original music for that project now. “Portraits” is a collection of music inspired by the impressionistic photography of Duane Hallock and the expressionistic fine artworks …

CbQ at Black Dolphin (Free)

Christopher Burnett Quintet performing three concert sets at Black Dolphin in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Saturday, May 5. Above the popular Green Lady Lounge jazz club (and one door over),  the Black Dolphin has opened in the former Tank Room space. The sexy new Crossroads Arts District music venue, owned by John Scott, boasts great acoustics, exposed brick walls, and …

BASICALLY BASIE COMPETITION ADJUDICATOR AND CLINICIAN

KANSAS CITY JAZZ SUMMIT – It was a great day serving as an adjudicator and clinician with former Count Basie Orchestra drummer Butch Miles (Ludwig), Dr. Justin Binek (KCKCC), the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra’s lead trumpeter, Steve Malloy and the great drummer Scott Prebys (Ludwig) for the 2018 “Basically Basie Competition” in Kansas City. Along with the 340+ talented students, …

Jazz Clinic and Master Class at Paola High School

I had the opportunity to visit Mr. Michael Solomon and his Paola High School jazz band class during Jazz Appreciation Month! The purpose of my visit was to give a Jazz Clinic and Master Class centered upon my lessons pertaining to developing individual competencies related to general instrumental performance and contextual improvisation. I was introduced to Mr. Solomon by my former …

18th & Vine Jazz Festival Adjudicator and Clinician

Artist profile Christopher Burnett is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist, educator, arts business 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 his career, Mr. Burnett has performed professionally around the world, recorded noteworthy albums as a leader, taught at the college-level …

Concert Gallery: Black Dolphin (4-7), Blue Room (4-12)

APRIL 2018 @KANSAS CITY! Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day!  CbQ is committed to dedicating our performances during April to recognize and promote JAM and #JazzDay each year. We also premiered a new composition in April 2018 titled “Freedom Flight” (BMI) and performed it at the Blue Room. CONCERT DATES Sat. 4-7 Black Dolphin (free) Thu. 4-12 Blue …