FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 13, 2016 – In addition to being a Selmer (Paris) Saxophone endorsing artist, Mr. Burnett is now also an Official Conn-Selmer Artist Clinician which allows for funding support to organizations that utilize his educational services.
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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 occasions.
Mr. Burnett gave the 2017 keynote speech at the VA’s Central Plains Consolidated Patient Account Center (CPAC) annual Black History Month luncheon at the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center. He also gave the address for the 2016 Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Fort Leavenworth. And, 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 College 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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CHARLES GATSCHET – A messenger of swing, Charles Gatschet was baptized and raised in the Kansas City tradition, having worked with Step-Buddy Anderson, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Baby Lovett, Richard Ross, Jimmy Witherspoon, Carmel Jones, Bobby Watson and Tyrone Clark.
He also is a talented composer, with an affinity for bebop, Brazilian & world music styles. He’s got chops but what he is interested in is communication and meaning, using the tools of jazz to interpret tunes and standard songs in a personal way while leaving their essence intact.
Gatschet has studied theory & arranging with John Elliott and Classical guitar with Doug Niedt. He has gained valuable experience playing swing, blues, and funk in organ trios & various groups.
His favorite guitarists include Jim Hall, Ed Bickert, and he points to Freddie Green and Charlie Christian as his foundational influences.
“They are the cornerstones on which all subsequent jazz guitarists have built.” ~ Jude Hibler
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ANDREW W. STINSON
ANDREW W. STINSON – Originally an Arkansan, Andrew Stinson currently resides in Kansas City where he splits his time between teaching jazz history and general music courses and gigging.
He received a Master of Arts in Music and a Master of Music in Musicology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His jazz history research is highlighted by collaborative work on the online Warren Durrett Collection and bass solo transcriptions and analysis of bassist/composer Charles Mingus, the latter of which led him to study the Charles Mingus Collection at the Library of Congress.
Andrew’s upright and electric bass talents have been featured in a variety of settings covering the entire spectrum of music, ranging from jazz, symphonies, and musicals to rock, pop, salsa, and other contemporary styles.
In addition to Dino Massa’s Kansas City group, Andrew has performed with Bobby Watson, Angela Hagenbach, Matt Otto, Ted Ludwig, Dan Thomas, the People’s Liberation Big Band, the Project H, Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle, and the Black House Collective.
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CLARENCE SMITH – Clarence Smith is a Kansas City-based professional musician and music educator. He is coordinator/instructor of music at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley campus, with specific expertise in jazz education, percussion, and music appreciation. Smith is a frequent guest director of honors jazz ensembles, and is in demand as a jazz/percussion clinician and adjudicator. He is director of the annual three-day 18th and Vine Jazz Festival.
As a drummer, Smith is an active participant in the Kansas City music scene where he can be heard performing in a variety of genres including jazz, classical, musical theatre, and R&B and other pop styles. He co-leads the JLove band, a popular R&B/Jazz group, and serves as percussionist for groups including the Toni Gates Ensemble and the Chris Burnett Quartet.
Prior to his appointment at MCC, Smith taught band in the Marshall, Mo., public schools and at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts High School in the Kansas City, Mo. School district. His Paseo jazz bands won many regional and national jazz competitions, and were invited to perform at the Smithsonian Institute and at the Kennedy Center. Some of Smith’s former students are among the new generation of acclaimed musicians who are influencing the future of jazz.
In 2000, Smith was named “High School Jazz Educator of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine, and in 2003 he was selected as a Music Fellow at Northwestern University’s School of Music. He was the recipient of the first Ahmad Alaadeen Award for Excellence in Jazz Education in 2010.
Smith is a past director of Kansas City Youth Jazz and Metropolitan Jazz Workshop, and is on the faculty of the American Jazz Museum’s Jazz Academy.
Smith is a past adjunct professor of percussion for Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., and Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. He holds a B.A. in music education from Central Methodist University, and a master’s degree in arts education from Lesley University, Boston.
QUOTES & COMMENTS
- One of the most promising emergent jazz musicians in town – 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. But at age 51, alto saxophonist Chris Burnett is just beginning to get noticed as his own man.”
- The play list was strong, emphasizing classic compositions from jazz greats – 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, New York – 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 – 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! – Luke Johnson, 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!”
- They really liked what you had to say – Aaron Hall, Director of Bands, Leavenworth High School “Thanks for coming by and working with the band. They really liked what you had to say. I’m sorry that it was such a weird day with the musical and what not. Would you mind giving me a very quick synopsis of the main things you talked about? I’ll make sure to reinforce those. Next time we’ll schedule it better for you.”