Chris Burnett Quartet
Artists Recording Collective
American Jazz Museum
Kansas City Youth Jazz
The Tune Shop, Inc.
Artist's BiographyChris Burnett is an active professional alto saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator who began his active career at the age of 18 years old when he was selected by audition and accepted for musical service as a performing artist with the US Army Bands Career Program, where he performed and toured with several noteworthy professional US military band organizations for audiences at numerous locations in the continental United States and overseas. Subsequently, Mr. Burnett has continued as a life-long learner while performing music professionally since 1974.
Born in Olathe, Kansas, he was ultimately raised in Paola after his family had traveled extensively in early childhood and lived at such places as: France, Michigan and Colorado. His studies in instrumental music began seriously under clarinetist, James R. Fuchs. Mr. Fuchs was the local school band director who exposed him to professional saxophone players like Charles Molina and Gary Foster during those formative years. He has studied with numerous significant teachers and at the Armed Forces School of Music, Webster University, Columbia College, Berklee College of Music, and American University.
Mr. Burnett is a former director of the Jazz Ensemble Program at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla); a former director of the NATO Jazz Ensemble; and, a former featured performing member of the Faculty Jazz Ensemble of the Armed Forces School of Music that was under the direction of Maurice Williams, Jr. (former leader of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble).
Today, Chris Burnett has established a credible reputation as one of the finest alto saxophonists of his generation and is considered among Kansas City\'s most respected jazz artists. He has two commercial CD recordings available on the Artists Recording Collective label. He remains active as a performing artist and is an in-demand jazz clinician, conducting honors ensembles and adjudicating at festival events.
Mr. Burnettâ€™s Professional Memberships include: American Federation of Musicians (Kansas City Local 34-627), The Recording Academy (GRAMMYÂ® Voting Member), and the US Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP). He serves as a member of the Kansas City Youth Jazz Advisory Council, and was elected as a Board Member (At-Large) of Kansas Cityâ€™s historic Mutual Musicians Foundation. Most recently, he was asked to serve on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra (KCJO).
Also an award-winning trained composer, Mr. Burnett has been a writer-affiliate of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) since 1984. In August 2011, Mr. Burnett was hired as the Marketing and Communications Manager of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. He also maintains a private studio of students.
Mr. Burnett plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones and Leblanc (France) clarinets exclusively.