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Burton, Gary

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Burton, Gary world-class jazz vibraphone player; b. Anderson, Ind., Jan. 23, 1943. His parents wanted him to study an instrument other than piano, which his older sister played, and he became interested in marimba after attending a concert when he was six. After two years, he added vibraphone; on both, he played popular sheet music. Burton had some training on piano, but is self-taught on vibes with his four-mallet approach. In high school, he became excited about jazz after hearing a Benny Goodman record. He attended Berklee Coll. from 1960-61; in 1961 he released his first album as a bandleader. He joined George Shearing (1963) and the group recorded an album of Burton’s tunes. Leading his own small groups, Burton made 12 albums on RCA in the 1960s, including Duster, which many consider to be one of the first jazz-rock albums; he recorded seven albums on Atlantic (1967–71), and 12 on ECM (1972–82). Carla Bley wrote “A Genuine Tong Funeral” for him. He has helped foster the careers of many other artists, from Larry Coryell to Tommy Smith. He returned to Berklee Coll. as a faculty member in 1971, and was appointed dean of curriculum there in 1985; in the late 1990s, he was named executive vice president of the school. He discovered Pat Metheny, invited him to Berklee Coll., and featured him on a recording in 1975. He has had a long- term association with Chick Corea, including duet tours and recordings in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1995 Burton announced that he was gay and addressed the issue with admirable candor and openness in interviews.

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