Scott Burns

jazz saxophonist


After Dark: a Vonski Tribute
May
15
to May 16

After Dark: a Vonski Tribute

Our weekly steady in May and June at Andy's continues, where we  pay tribute to the legacy of legendary Chicago saxophonist Von Freeman.  The group is comprised of a fine trio of saxophonists including myself along with Geof Bradfield and Rajiv Halim, and a stellar rhythm section of drummer Dana Hall, bassist Dennis Carroll, and Von's longtime guitarist Michael Allemana.  Sets at 9:30 and 11:30pm.  Not to be missed!  INFO

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Chicago Jazz Orchestra feat. Paul Marinaro
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Jazz Orchestra feat. Paul Marinaro

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra’s 2017-18 season finale is a CJO Salute to “Sinatra at the Sands” featuring vocalist Paul Marinaro, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Sit back and enjoy this live recreation of the famous 1966 “Sinatra at the Sands” performance, long considered to be the definitive live album of Sinatra's career. The Chicago Tribune hailed CJO guest vocalist Paul Marinaro as having “one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today.” Don’t miss this chance to travel back in time, one-night-only, to revisit a true classic.  TICKETS   CJO INFO

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George Fludas Trio
May
10
7:30 PM19:30

George Fludas Trio

A few months ago, George Fludas asked me to fill in at the last minute for his bi-weekly Sunday steady at Winter's when his pianist couldn't make it.  Along with creative and supportive bassist Dennis Carroll, we had such a great time playing in a piano-less trio setting that we are revisiting that format for this evening at Winter's.  The three of us have a great musical rapport, and we hope you can join us!   INFO

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After Dark: a Vonski Tribute
May
1
to May 2

After Dark: a Vonski Tribute

I'm excited to be a part of an ensemble that will pay tribute to the legacy of legendary Chicago saxophonist Von Freeman, one of the most original improvisers to come from the Windy City.  The front line will consist of fellow saxophonists Geof Bradfield and Rajiv Halim, and the rhythm section of drummer Dana Hall and bassist Dennis Carroll will be led by Von's longtime guitarist at the New Apartment Lounge, Michael Allemana.  This is sure to be a fun band full of fireworks!  We'll play every Tuesday in May and June with sets at 9:30 and 11:30pm.  

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George Fludas and Pocket Change
Apr
13
to Apr 14

George Fludas and Pocket Change

I'm looking forward to returning to Andy's with this band led by veteran drummer George Fludas.  Along with guitarist Kyle Asche and organist Dan Chase, we'll collectively play our brand of groovy jazz for two evening sets starting at 9:30 and 11:30pm on both Friday and Saturday.  Hope to see you there!

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Chicago Jazz Orchestra: Tribute to Dexter Gordon featuring JOSHUA REDMAN
Mar
25
3:00 PM15:00

Chicago Jazz Orchestra: Tribute to Dexter Gordon featuring JOSHUA REDMAN

The CJO returns to the Studebaker Theater with “Sophisticated Giant”: A Tribute to Dexter Gordon, with special guest Joshua Redman.  This concert marks the live world premiere of “Sophisticated Giant,” a legendary 1979 recording by the late great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon performing arrangements by Slide Hampton. The guest artist is the charismatic, internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman. Trombonist arranger Slide Hampton will also be on hand for the performance, which is made possible by the collaboration between Hampton and CJO artistic director Jeff Lindberg, who will be transcribing the arrangements from the original Dexter Gordon recording. The second act is sure to entertain with a wide array of classic jazz arrangements for the 12-piece CJO.  TICKETS

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George Fludas & Pocket Change
Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

George Fludas & Pocket Change

I'm looking forward to reuniting with George Fludas, Kyle Asche and Pete Benson after a couple of months off from our steady last year at Andy's.  We'll be performing on the south side for the Logan Center Third Tuesday Jazz Series.  This will be fun, come on down to Hyde Park to check it out!

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Chicago Jazz Orchestra featuring SLIDE HAMPTON & PHAREZ WHITTED
Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Chicago Jazz Orchestra featuring SLIDE HAMPTON & PHAREZ WHITTED

  • Evanston Township High School Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The CJO will be joined by legendary trombonist/composer/arranger Slide Hampton and trumpeter Pharez Whitted for an evening of music featuring Hampton's incredible and inspired arrangements.  He is a true master of the idiom, and we are honored to have him in our midst for this featured concert that concludes the annual Evanston Township High School Jazz Festival.  Not to be missed! TICKETS

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Eric Jacobson Quintet - Celebrating Clifford Brown
Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

Eric Jacobson Quintet - Celebrating Clifford Brown

I'll be headed north to join some of Milwaukee's finest jazz players for an evening of music featuring the music of trumpeter Clifford Brown, one of jazz's brightest stars in the 1950s.  For this night at Milwaukee's venerable jazz club The Jazz Estate, I'll join trumpet Eric Jacobson, pianist Mark Davis, drummer Dave Bayles, and Chicago-based bassist John Sims.  We are looking forward to playing this music - hope you can join us!  The Jazz Estate

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Scott Burns Quintet feat. Tom Garling
Sep
30
7:30 PM19:30

Scott Burns Quintet feat. Tom Garling

  • Birch Creek Music Performance Center (map)
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I'm thrilled to return to Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, WI for this special fall concert.  I'll be joined by four of my favorite musicians on the planet: trombonist and fellow Birch Creek Jazz Institute faculty member Tom Garling, pianist Ron Perrillo, bassist Dennis Carroll, and drummer George Fludas.  We've had memorable nights playing together in Chicago, and we are looking forward to bringing our music up north to the beautiful environs of Door County and the Birch Creek Music Institute campus.  Plus, proceeds from this concert will benefit scholarship funds for future Birch Creek jazz camp attendees, so we'll plant some trees for the future of jazz music.  We hope to see you!   TICKETS

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Scott Burns Organ Quartet
Jul
13
5:00 PM17:00

Scott Burns Organ Quartet

For this gig, I'll be joined by long-time cohorts Pete Benson on organ, Kyle Asche on guitar, and Todd Howell on drums.  We've be playing together for over 15 years, dating back to frequent organ sessions in Pete's basement in the early 2000s.  Looking forward to this!

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Chicago Jazz Orchestra: "Definitely Dizzy" - feat.  Roy Hargrove, Marquis Hill & Walter White
May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Jazz Orchestra: "Definitely Dizzy" - feat. Roy Hargrove, Marquis Hill & Walter White

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Lindberg, presents “Definitively Dizzy,” a concert in celebration of the centennial of Dizzy Gillespie. Roy Hargrove, one of the most innovative players in the world, will join Marquis Hill, a rising jazz star, Walter White, a powerhouse trumpeter from Detroit, and the CJO trumpet section for a Dizzy celebration that is uniquely CJO. Hear an array of Dizzy classics like “Manteca,” “Cool Breeze,” “Salt Peanuts,” and many more in the newly renovated Studebaker Theater. This hidden gem on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue (410 S. Michigan Ave) provides a setting for an unforgettable evening of big band jazz.  

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George Fludas Organ Quartet
Apr
27
5:00 PM17:00

George Fludas Organ Quartet

Our weekly gig continues - come catch us on Thursday's at 5pm thorough the rest of the year!  This dynamic group led by veteran drummer George Fludas includes Pete Benson on organ, Kyle Asche on guitar, as well as myself on saxophone.  We're having a great time playing together!

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