Grammy Winning Vibraphonist
Read the new Star Tribune article about Gary Button here!
Gary Burton is easily the most influential vibraphonist of his generation and is one of the most unique jazz artists to have emerged in the last 50 years. Getting his start with George Shearing and Stan Getz, Burton has been recording under his own name for over 40 years, resulting in 6 Grammy Awards and 15 Grammy nominations, and countless awards from esteemed jazz publications. He also has a long history with the Berklee College of Music in Boston, spending 33 years at the school as instructor, Dean of Curriculum, and Executive Vice President.
Hailed by All About Jazz as “a giant in the making,” guitarist Julian Lage grew up in California and was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, Jules at Eight. He gained pivotal early exposure as a protégé of Gary Burton. With 2009 debut recording, Sounding Point, Lage arrived at a unique approach to composition and ensemble craft, a searching yet accessible sound that earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Lage has also collaborated with pianist Taylor Eigsti, violinist Mark O’Connor, and vocalist Nnenna Frelon.
Scott Colley is the bassist of choice for such jazz legends as Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Andrew Hill, and Michael Brecker. His remarkably empathetic skills, strong melodic sense and improvisational abilities have served him well in groups led by colleagues Chris Potter, Adam Rogers, Brian Blade, David Binney, and Kenny Werner. But it is as a composer and bandleader in his own right that Colley has flourished in recent years, as evidenced by his seven solo recordings. Colley has appeared on more than 200 albums to date.
Since arriving in New York in the early 1990s, drummer Antonio Sanchez has been one of the most exciting and in-demand performers on the international jazz scene. He regularly records and tours with Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Kenny Werner, Charlie Haden, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and many others. He has been a member of Pat Metheny’s ensembles for several years.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“What Gary did was kind of a blueprint for so many things that I still do” – Bill Frisell
“To me he was the epitome of what a great modern musician should be… he is a bottomless pit of ideas and melody” – Pat Metheny
“was immediately struck by his melodic imagination as a soloist and, of course, by the phenomenal technique which was always at the service of lyrical expression.” -Manfred Eicher, ECM Records