SCOTT BURNS QUARTET
"Burns performs with the intensity and earnestness of the jazz giants of the 1960's--John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and Sonny Rollins....The essence of jazz was pouring from his horn in every measure of music."
-- Kim Vinson, All About Jazz
Scott Burns - tenor saxophone
Chris White - piano
Larry Kohut - bass
Neil Hemphill - drum
Saxophonist Scott Burns has been a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene since his arrival in 1998. He is frequently heard performing as a leader of his own groups and as a sideman in leading jazz venues in the region.
He has performed alongside several international jazz artists, including McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jamal, Clark Terry, Ira Sullivan, David Hazeltine, Joe Henderson, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Nicholas Payton, Wycliffe Gordon, Houston Person, Tony Bennett, Kurt Elling and Harry Connick Jr. Mr. Burns has performed across the nation at numerous major festivals and venues including the JVC Jazz Fest, the Newport Jazz Fest, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Ravinia Festival, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
His latest CD, Passages, released on Origin Records and featuring his original compositions, received critical acclaim nationally and has been broadcasted across the nation.
For this feature performance at Winter’s Jazz Club, Burns will lead a quartet featuring the music of Sonny Rollins’ famed quartet “Sonny Rollins & Co.” featuring brilliant guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Ben Riley.
The group was featured on the 1962 albums The Bridge and What’s New? as well as on Ralph Gleason’s television program Jazz Casual. These groundbreaking records were the first recordings after a two-year hiatus from public performing and recording – a period of intense practice and musical self-exploration during which Rollins practiced on the pedestrian catwalk above New York City’s Williamsburg Bridge.
The Bridge went on to become one of Rollins’ best-selling recordings, and was recently inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.