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”One of the most promising emergent
jazz musicians in town” – The Kansas City Star

How are jazz careers made?

Many have remarked on the big historical shift: musicians used to apprentice on the road with masters and learn the language firsthand, but those cultural conditions are fading, and the bandstand has been replaced by the graduate degree.

There’s truth in that narrative, and yet it fails to account for the full variety of paths that players are taking as they strive to find their voice in this music.

For alto saxophonist CHRISTOPHER BURNETT, the journey involved spending 22 years as a musician in the U.S. Army.

Simultaneously an award winning composer, creative improviser, an artist/ businessman and modern thinker, Mr. Burnett was also an early explorer of the digital music landscape.

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Short Biography

KMEA Conn-Selmer Booth
Photograph by Terri Anderson Burnett

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 and co-founded a significant independent recording label, Artists Recording Collective.

He held adjunct professor of music positions with University of Missouri Science and Technology (10 years) and at Metropolitan Community Colleges (5 years).

Most recently, Mr. Burnett was selected as a clinician for the 2018 Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop in Wichita.

A member of the official touring roster for the state of Kansas, Mr. Burnett’s is an eclectic instrumental music ensemble comprised of accomplished professional artists. Repertoire includes Burnett original compositions and select jazz masterworks. He performs locally each month at Black Dolphin in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City.

Mr. Burnett plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively and is an official Conn-Selmer artist and clinician.

Link to – www.ChrisBurnettQuartet.com


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Artist Statement

Charlie Parker’s Grafton Saxophone
Photograph by Christopher Burnett

Music is a high-level form of art that transcends spoken human languages and cultural barriers.

As a practicing musical artist and composer, my goal is to utilize this art form to realize my personal ideas, applied theories and developed knowledge as tangible presentations – be that in the context of a recording, presenting a public concert with my various ensembles or in the form of an educational lecture presentation.

I believe that music is among those human endeavors that are inherently regenerative to the practitioner and listener alike.

Jazz music is part of my heritage as a black person from the United States and as an American.

Jazz music is also said to be our nation’s only original contribution to the arts and it would not exist if our country did not contain all peoples from all places on earth.

Now over 100 years old, Jazz remains essentially grounded in the black American experiences parallel to the history of the United States.

However, Jazz still includes essential musical elements from all of our various human cultures of earth, creatively organized as musical sounds within various constructs of time.

It’s a very democratic and inclusive art form. The creative possibilities of this music are limitless.

My music ensembles are priority projects for me at this point in my life and career. We play my originals and some of my favorite masterworks.

So, I’m not just doing “gigs.” It’s as much about creating art, using the musical structures as vehicles for improvisation and constantly growing artistically to me.

Jazz is complex music and has never been the popular music of contemporary culture during my lifetime. Yet, it’s as accessible as any art form.

I perform with some of the most creative individual musicians working in Jazz today. Personnel members for my ensembles are selected based upon both talent and attitude.

Musicians should believe in the leader’s vision and ensembles should play together toward developing a group identity too.

That’s what all of the great Jazz ensembles have in common. And this is the dynamic that I wish to emulate.

Frankly, I have no desire to use my time playing music with people who look at the repertoire I’ve chosen as background music, passé or as anything less than a renowned art form.

My personal mandate is, therefore, to contribute to the continuum of this music with my own artistic voice as reflected by the times in which I live and the experiences from which I am inspired.

I strive to accomplish this by:

  • practicing and studying my musical craft in earnest toward personal growth and development,
  • composing and arranging new musical works,
  • performing publicly and presenting the music on a regular basis,
  • recording to document my work for general posterity and as a legacy to my heirs, and
  • continually sharing knowledge and experiences with the community of artists, educators, and students.

I am committed to subsidizing my art in the various ways available to artists in our times.

As a native of the Kansas City metropolitan area, (which remains a significant center of Jazz music history,) the significance of this music to me is its integrity and honesty when practiced in the ways I hope to do so with my ensembles.

The spirit of Jazz music is found within every human being – and like all art, it makes us better.

I am honored to practice this art form as my life’s work.

– Christopher L. Burnett, 2018


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Christopher Burnett is an
ARC Label Recording Artist


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Full Profile

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Mr. Christopher L. Burnett

Christopher Burnett 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 his 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 Association 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.

Mr. Burnett plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively and is an official Conn-Selmer artist and clinician.

Link to – www.ChrisBurnettQuartet.com

Also see: CAREER TIMELINE AND PORTFOLIO


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2018 BAND PROJECTS

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

Christopher Burnett Quintet 
(Chamber Music America)

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

Member Ensemble

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

*Artist Notes: Bassists Bob Bowman, Andrew Stinson and Seth Lee; pianists Matt Villinger and Andrew Ouellette; drummers John Kizilarmut, Danny Rojas and Jim Lower may also appear with the various CbQ ensembles.


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LINEAGE AND REFERENCES

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

CHRISTOPHER BURNETT has performed alongside and worked with many wonderful artists. He has shared the stage and studio with great musicians such as Bobby Watson, Will Matthews, Bob Bowman, Marcus Hampton, Ahmad Alaadeen, David Basse, Sumi Tonooka, Erica Lindsay, Dino Massa, Marco Zurzolo, Lutz Herbig, Jeff “Siege” Siegel, Michael Jefry Stevens,  Stanton Kessler, Jim Nesbit, Keith Philbrick, Jerry Coker, Kevin Cerovich, Roger Wilder, Gerald Dunn, Clarence Smith, Matt Otto and Gerald Spaits among others.


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RECENT NEWS

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

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Selmer Paris Artist / Conn-Selmer Clinician

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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!”


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