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Mr. Christopher L. Burnett

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 music business as a professional.

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 new recording with the Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet titled, “Echoes of Europe.” See: RECORDINGS

He held adjunct professor of music positions with University of Missouri Science and Technology (10 years) and at Metropolitan Community Colleges (5 years). Mr. Burnett directed the marketing and communications department for then, CEO Greg Carroll, concurrent with other key positions, while working 5 years at the American Jazz Museum (2011-2016).

A writer-affiliate and composer since 1984, Mr. Burnett has over 60 registered works in his Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) catalog. He is also the 1995 “Parade of American Music” 5-Star Award of Merit Winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs as a Composer. See: PUBLICATIONS

Mr. Burnett is an in-demand woodwind instructor, music educator, and jazz clinician, serving as festival adjudicator and conductor for honors ensembles on many occasions. He has conducted student instrumental auditions for honors ensembles in Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas.

The Missouri Arts Council appointed Mr. Burnett to serve on the Advisory Panel for Multidiscipline for one term. Most recently, Mr. Burnett was selected as a clinician for the 2018 Kansas Music Educators Assosication In-Service Workshop in Wichita.

In addition to performing, composing and teaching privately, Mr. Burnett is currently a teaching assistant for Leavenworth Unified School District 453 working with Dr. Jared Prost in the instrumental music department teaching woodwinds and jazz band.

Also see: CAREER TIMELINE AND PORTFOLIO

2018 BAND PROJECTS

CbQ at Black Dolphin in Kansas City
Photograph: Terri Anderson Burnett

Member Ensemble

Christopher Burnett Quintet (Chamber Music America)

  • Burnett – alto saxophone, compositions
  • Roger Wilder – piano
  • Charles Gatschet – guitar
  • Dominique Sanders – bass
  • Clarence Smith – drums

Chris Burnett Quartet (Guitar)

  • Burnett – alto saxophone, compositions
  • Charles Gatschet – guitar
  • Dominique Sanders – bass
  • Clarence Smith – drums

Chris Burnett Quartet (Piano)

  • Burnett – alto saxophone, compositions
  • Roger Wilder – piano
  • Dominique Sanders – bass
  • Clarence Smith – drums

Christopher Burnett Ensemble (Chamber Music America)

  • Burnett – alto saxophone, compositions, co-leader
  • Terri Anderson Burnett – flute, piccolo, co-leader
  • Freda Proctor – flute
  • Toni Gates – flute, voice
  • Samantha Hendren – clarinet
  • Stanton Kessler – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Bill McKemy – tuba
  • Charles Gatschet – guitar
  • Roger Wilder – piano
  • Dominique Sanders – bass
  • Clarence Smith – drums

Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet (Chamber Music America)

  • Burnett – alto saxophone, compositions, co-leader
  • Dino Massa – piano, compositions, co-leader
  • Charles Gatschet – guitar
  • Dominique Sanders – bass
  • Clarence Smith – drums

Stevens / Burnett Quartet (Chamber Music America)

  • Burnett – alto saxophone, compositions, co-leader
  • Michael Jefry Stevens – piano, compositions, co-leader
  • Dominique Sanders – bass
  • Marty Morrison – drums

CbQ at Black Dolphin in Kansas City
Photograph: Terri Anderson Burnett

NEWS RELEASES

CbQ with guest Marcus Hampton at Black Dolphin in Kansas City
Photograph: Terri Anderson Burnett

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Selmer Paris Artist / Conn-Selmer Clinician

QUOTES & COMMENTS

Stevens / Burnett Group with guest Marcus Hampton at Westport Coffeehouse Theater in Kansas City
Photograph: Toni Gates

  • a prominent Kansas City saxophonist, band leader, instructor and raconteur – Bill Brownlee, KCUR, Ink Magazine (as Music Critic, KCUR 89.3 FM, NPR)
    “Christopher Burnett is a prominent Kansas City saxophonist, band leader, instructor and raconteur. He also operates Artists Recording Collective, a record label that has released dozens of albums by jazz musicians from around the world.”
  • One of the most promising emergent jazz musicians in town – Joe Klopus, Jazz Town (as Jazz Critic, Kansas City Star)
    “One of the most promising emergent jazz musicians in town isn’t some kid straight out of school or still in school.”
  • The play list was strong, emphasizing classic compositions from jazz greats – Roger Atkinson (as Editor, Jazz Ambassador Magazine)
    “At The Drum Room, Chris’ facility was sure as he breezed through his sets. The play list was strong, emphasizing classic compositions from jazz greats: “Dolphin Dance”, “Black Narcissus”, “Recorda-Me”, “Moments Notice”, and an original blues. Chris’ tone is always controlled, and he has a way of embellishing the melody as he moves into his solo which is especially appealing.”
  • his own language, his own sound – KC Community News
    “For more than 30 years, Chris Burnett has worked to develop his own language, his own sound. A musician’s sound can’t be borrowed or stolen, but rather expanded and created anew.”
  • you should be on every stage worldwide – Tim Price (a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician)
    “The music you play sounds so beautiful- you should be on every stage worldwide. KEEP ON.”
  • exotically beautiful music – Vivendi Universal
    “… exotically beautiful music that contemporary jazz lovers will devour!”
  • gives the modern soprano sax some jazz authority – All About Jazz
    “Chris Burnett gives the modern soprano sax some jazz authority…”
  • His saxophones wail with emotion – Cadence Magazine
    “… His saxophones wail with emotion and his fingers give each presentation a thorough going-over, however, that allows Burnett to express accurately and fully the musical dreams that he’s harbored for years.”
  • You did a terrific job and the directors were appreciative – Prof. Clarence Smith (as Director, MCC Penn Valley 18th and Vine Jazz Festival) “Wow! You did a terrific job and the directors were appreciative of your comments and work with their students. I’m certain you’ll receive some calls for clinics and masterclasses.”
  • My students learn a ton every time he visits us, and to be honest, so do I! – Dr. Luke Johnson (as Director of Bands, Lansing High School) “I have had Chris Burnett out to work with my jazz band several times, and it is always refreshing to get his perspective and expertise. He has a love for jazz and music that is evident in the way he presents and plays. My students learn a ton every time he visits us, and to be honest, so do I!”
  • I highly recommend him! – Lewis Hundley (as KMEA District Jazz Chair) “The PSU/KMEA District II concert was great! I am very proud of the students’ hard work. Our clinician, Chris Burnett, exceeded my expectations and (I) am thankful to have had the opportunity to watch him work. If you are searching for a top-notch educator/musician/clinician, I highly recommend him!”