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Biography
Extraordinary vibraphonist/composer/educator Gary Burton’s career has so many facets and accomplishments that it’s hard to believe that he’s only one man. As a musician, he not only revolutionized his instrument with his multiple mallet, keyboard-like approach, but also helped usher in the golden age of Jazz fusion with his groundbreaking recordings for RCA in the late ‘60s. As a discoverer of new talent, he’s brought so many fine musicians into the public eye, most notably the hugely popular guitarist, Pat Metheny.

A prominent educator, Burton has been an important figure at Boston’s Berklee College of Music since 1971. Named its Dean of Curriculum in 1985, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the College four years later. Since 1996, he has overseen the operations of the prestigious institution as its Executive Vice-President.

Unquestionably though, Burton’s musical accomplishments are his most important contributions to Jazz. Since gaining his first serious recognition with Stan Getz’ Quartet from 1964-66, Burton has recorded dozens of albums for RCA, Concord Jazz, GRP and ECM and has toured the world many times over in solo and group settings. His explorations of Astor Piazzolla’s tango music, and extraordinary duets with artists like Steve Swallow, Ralph Towner and Chick Corea are among his finest work.

A four-time Grammy Award recipient, Burton won his first for his 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival solo concert recording, "Alone at Last," and most recently in 1998 for "Native Sense," a duet collaboration with Corea. Named Jazzman of the Year in 1968 by 'DownBeat Magazine,' he placed first in the Vibes category of the magazine’s Reader’s Poll for the next 19 years.

In 2000 Gary Burton continued his dual careers as premier Jazz vibraphonist and college vice president, performing extensively and working closely with Berklee’s college community, planning the next five years of growth and change at Berklee.


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