- Jon Burr Band
- Music of Grappelli
- Giant Cicada
- Jon Burr Trio
- Music For Events
- Jon Burr Big Band
- Jon Burr Quartet-In My Own Words
About Jon Burr
Bassist Jon Burr has toured and recorded with many great jazz masters, including Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Horace Silver, Hank Jones, Art Farmer, Stephane Grappelli (from 1986-1997), Sir Roland Hanna, Dorothy Donegan, and Buddy Rich. From 1980 - 1985 he toured with Tony Bennett; he has also worked with Lainie Kazan, Rita Moreno, Barbara Cook, and Eartha Kitt, among others. Jon was a founding member of violinist Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio, with guitarist Frank Vignola.
Jon is active as a producer, arranger, composer, and author. The Jon Burr Big Band produced a debut recording of his compositions following a successful KickStarter campaign in early 2013. Also a Fractured Atlas sponsee, the band will be an ongoing project with a release of the live recording scheduled for late spring 2013. The Jon Burr Trio (with Howard Alden and Jonathan Russell) recorded The Music of Grappelli, a reconstruction of the arrangements of the Stephane Grappelli Trio, with guest Bria Skonberg, with the release slated for fall of 2013 on Random Act Records. In 2010, Jon produced Arlyn Valencia's Secret Love, a CD featuring Houston Person, Rodney Jones and others; Giant Cicada, an acoustic string pop-crossover project featuring violinist Jonathan Russell, guitarist John Hart and others, A Little Bit More-The Songs of Bob Levy and Jon Burr; Lynn Stein's Softly, featured on the Jonathan Schwartz Show on WNYC and XM.
His works as an author include The Untold Secret to Melodic Bass, The Improvising Chef - Making Healthy Food Tasty, and Letting Go - Practical Meditation for Everyday People.
In 2007 Jon produced a project of his original songs entitled Just Can't Wait, including studio sessions tracking 14 titles on CD and a concert DVD of the Jon Burr Band Live At Birdland, released January 2009. Among those featured are vocalists Hilary Kole, Laurel Massé, Ty Stephens, Yaala Ballin, and Jon's daughter Tyler Burr. Also featured are saxophonists Houston Person, Bob Mintzer, Anat Cohen, and Joel Frahm, trumpeter Dominic Farinacci, pianists Ted Rosenthal, Jon Davis and Loston Harris, guitarists John Hart, Yotam Silberstein, and Howard Alden, and percussion master Carlos "Go-Go" Gomez.
Acclaimed by critics for his technical mastery and his subtle, elegant artistry, Burr formed his original instrumental quartet in 1991. The Jon Burr Quartet performed widely in New York clubs such as Birdland and the Blue Note, specializing in Burr's own compositions. The quartet recorded their first album in April 1993, which was issued February 1996 by Cymekob Records under the title In My Own Words. This recording has been well received by critics; Jazziz Magazine wrote: "This is a terrific recording." This was followed by the release of a second recording called 3 for All, featuring Sir Roland Hanna and Bucky Pizzarelli, and led by Jon, also issued by Cymekob, on June 25, 1996.
He has also performed with the Lynne Arriale Trio, appeared at Eartha Kitt's 80th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall for the JVC Jazz Festival, at the Cafe Carlyle with Eartha Kitt and Rita Moreno, as well as at the first two Django Reinhart Festivals at New York's Birdland, appearing on the Atlantic Records release of that event, guested with Les Paul at Iridium, and appeared as a featured guest with the New York Pops Orchestra (also at Carnegie Hall), performed onstage with Barbara Cook in her solo show Mostly Sondheim at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater, the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Feinsteins' at the Regency, the Cafe Carlyle, and other venues around the US. Performances with Hot Swing have included California's Strawberry Festival, appearances at Lincoln Center Jazz in NYC, and a record release tour for In Full Swing, (Sony Odyssey) with guests Wynton Marsalis and Jane Monheit.
Jon also has Broadway performance credits that include the bass chair for the revival Me and My Girl, the short-lived sequel The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, and performances including Grand Hotel, Gypsy, Blood Brothers, Sideshow, Song & Dance, and Jerome Robbins Broadway. Jon has also served as house bassist for the 92nd St Y's Lyrics and Lyricists series, and performed for the Drama Desk and the MAC Awards shows.
From Huntington, New York, he as a student of the late pioneering jazz educator Clem DeRosa, attended the Berklee School of Music and graduated from the University of Illinois, having served as a teaching assistant, leading the 4th Band.