I first learned about this talented jazz pianist from a family member. George Burton was playing at a club here in NYC called, Drom. The band was tight that night and his playing was outstanding which blew me away. George Burton was born in Philadelphia, a city known for its R&B/Soul and jazz roots. He grew up playing classical violin and viola and at home, he was listening to blues and gospel. While in high school in he started playing with hard-bop legend, Bootsie Barnes, and several others on the Philly music scene. His music is a mix of hip-hop, electronica, R&B, and some rock music elements that create amazing musical landscapes that captures your soul. It's been almost a decade since I last saw this jazz pianist perform but since then he has been creating quite a stir in the jazz world.
George Burton has played with some of the best in Jazz from Sun Ra Arkestra, James Carter, Eddie Henderson, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, and more. He has also played with R&B pop artists such as Me'shelle Ndegeoocello and powerhouse talent and legend, Patti LaBelle. He is an accomplished musician who pays respect to his elders in jazz music. In the past decade, George Burton is not only composing but also arranging and leading several groups on his musical journey. He just released his latest album, Reciprocity, and hopes to do some shows and tour sometime late next year when things may open back up again for live music. Look out for this talented pianist/composer/arranger and if he's playing in your city go and check out his band, you won't regret it. Happy listening!
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