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The Christopher Burnett Quintet performance at the 2017 Roots Festival received positive press coverage.

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The Christopher Burnett Quintet performance at the 2017 Roots Festival received positive press coverage.

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Press Coverage and Media Alerts


o BLOG FEATURES: The owner describes Plastic Sax as “An irreverent and opinionated guide to jazz in Kansas City” – it is also the blog of journalist, Bill Brownlee (KCUR, Kansas City Star and Ink Magazine). He writes about Kansas City music and musicians each week. Click here for his most recent coverage of our news and musical efforts on the KC scene and beyond.
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o FEATURE ARTICLE: “Collectively, they continue to define a 21st Century model for a jazz record label. Collectively and individually, they are looking forward and breaking the seams of the traditional jazz box.” – Larry Kopitnik, JAM editor writes about the Artists Recording Collective label in the June / July 2017 issue of Jazz Ambassador Magazine. [read full article at Artists Recording Collective (Artist Spotlight)]

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o PRESS RELEASE: Live Concert Combines Live Webcast June 6, Kansas City, Missouri – The Westport Coffeehouse Theater will be the venue location for a live concert performance by the Christopher Burnett Quartet with special guest, Michael Jefry Stevens at 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., June 6. [read full article at Burnett Music (Press Release)]

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o READ ARTICLE: “This record was immediately attractive on first listen, and subsequent plays have not dimmed my enthusiasm.” – Roger Atkinson reviews the debut recording by Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet in the April / May 2017 issue of Jazz Ambassador Magazine. [read full article at Artists Recording Collective (Artist Spotlight)]

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o READ ARTICLE: Our editor at the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper notified us that the Kansas Press Association had presented 2017 Awards of Excellence to our news team in several categories. [PDF download available]

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o READ REVIEW: “While conversations about the military tend to roam widely, touching on everything from peacekeeping to warmongering, rarely do they touchdown on the topic of cultural exchange. But that’s not to say the military doesn’t foster such a thing. American troops stationed abroad have always managed to interact with the local population(s), imparting and taking away knowledge in the process, and cross-pollination often materializes through such meetings. Those types of exchanges have helped to build bridges, create lifelong friendships, and birth beautiful art. Echoes Of Europe is proof.” [ read at AllAboutJazz.com ]
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o READ REVIEW: “On This New Jazz Record, Kansas City And Italy Make Beautiful Music Together – It’s an exceptionally graceful album (Echoes of Europe) that imbues mainstream jazz with the elegant sheen of classical chamber music.” [ read at KCUR.org ]
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o KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mr. Burnett has been invited to be the 2017 Black History Month guest speaker by the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas. A copy of his remarks will be available as a PDF download [here].
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o READ REVIEWS: MORE REVIEWS “…rich water colors of sound. Like listening to Monet.” ~ George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly “This is top quality jazz …highly recommended for both traditional and modern jazz fans.” ~ Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility “…Easy going jazz that isn’t easy listening, straight ahead ears will dig the proceedings. Well done throughout.” ~ Chris Spector, Midwest Record
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o FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Overseas distribution deal with DiskUnion stores is official and “Echoes of Europe” (ARC-2680) Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet recording is available for sale at walk-in music stores in Japan. (visit DiskUnion)
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o FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 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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Biographical Synopsis

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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.


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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 new 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.

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PHOTO: Mr. Burnett promoting arts on KSHB (NBC).

Mr. Burnett was the keynote speaker for the 2016 Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Fort Leavenworth and the 2017 Black History Month celebration of the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center’s CPAC. 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 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, concurrent with other key positions, while working 5 years at the American Jazz Museum. 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.

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.

Jazz Artistry Now: an arts magazine

And, he has written journalistically – as staff writer and reporter for the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper; as a columnist for the Kansas City Jazz Ambassador Magazine; as a columnist and jazz journalist for All About Jazz (largest jazz website in the world); as a columnist for the Fort Leonard Wood Guidon newspaper while serving as a military housing community mayor; and, a weekly music tips column in the Waynesville Daily Guide newspaper.

Mr. Burnett is the editor of Jazz Artistry Now, an arts magazine (commentary, reviews, interviews, and photography) originally co-founded with Terri Anderson Burnett in 2006. Publication of JAN resumed in July 2017 and was pleased to announce that well-known jazz journalist and colleague, Scott Yanow, joined the magazine as one of its writers. JAN is a top-notch publication. [LINK]

Mr. Burnett is an official Conn-Selmer Artist Clinician [ Download 2017 Clinician Catalog PDF/3MB ]

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.

[ SPECIALTIES ] Business professional with extensive background and positive proven track record in customer service, protocol, music, project management, promotion and arts-based business organizations. Broad technical knowledge of music, music instruction, and systems approach to management. Successful background in arts marketing and promotion. Fluent in web design, as well as social media marketing. Diverse range of skills. Team player. Early adopter of applicable technology.

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“Echoes of Europe” (ARC2680)

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  • “…Easy going jazz that isn’t easy listening, straight ahead ears will dig the proceedings. Well done throughout.”
    ~ Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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  • “…All of this music fondly looks back to those nights of playing in 1990 while speaking to us in the present day. Those echoes from Europe are reverberating here and now.”
    ~ Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
The Christopher Burnett Quintet performance at the 2017 Roots Festival received positive press coverage.

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