GEORGE BURTON


Peter Nero sitting in front of a piano

George Burton, the acclaimed award-winning pianist, composer, and bandleader, stands as a transformative figure in contemporary jazz. Revered by critics as “formidable” (NPR), “charismatic” (The New York Times), and “soulful” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Burton’s musical prowess effortlessly blends classical, avant-garde, and traditional jazz into a captivating sonic landscape.

Rooted in Philadelphia’s rich musical heritage, Burton’s journey began with classical violin and viola, later adding jazz piano and immersing himself in the vibrant local scene. Under the mentorship of luminaries like Bootsie Barnes, Sid Simmons, and Shirley Scott, his trajectory evolved, culminating in an exceptional style nurtured on the stages of New York and around the globe.

Burton’s illustrious discography exemplifies a persistent pursuit to redefine jazz’s limits, with celebrated albums The Truth Of What I Am > The Narcissist and Reciprocity, both lauded for their innovation and depth, and receiving worldwide critical acclaim. Notably, Reciprocity earned a nomination for Outstanding Instrumental Jazz Album at the NAACP Image Awards in 2021, cementing Burton’s place among jazz’s elite.

The recent release of The Yule Log marks another pinnacle in Burton’s career. Praised as a “stunning package of musical surprises” (LA Jazz Scene) and dubbed a “sensational spin on a traditional winter holiday Jazz album” (33third.org), this latest project has captivated audiences and critics alike with its innovative charm. Building on the foundation of his prior releases, The Yule Log masterfully exhibits Burton’s talent for merging diverse musical elements, this time weaving a rich classical tapestry accentuated by a powerful string trio. The result is a harmonious fusion that not only showcases Burton’s versatility but also adds a distinctive layer to the ever-evolving narrative of his musical journey.

Burton’s true artistry reveals itself in his captivating stage presence and adept leadership of cutting-edge ensembles—an attribute highlighted in reviews from esteemed publications across the globe. Burton’s live performances transcend his recordings, offering an immersive experience marked by vibrant energy and a remarkable ability to connect with audiences. Fueled by an unquenchable curiosity for musical exploration and a flair for innovation, George Burton persistently redefines the boundaries of jazz, crafting evocative musical landscapes that
resonate deep within the soul.