George Burton

pianist | composer

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"George Burton represents what many of Jazz's most exciting figures hoped the genre would become: precarious, dynamic, revolutionary...unable to be contained." — Daniel Palmer, Nextbop

Pianist George Burton...was superb, anchoring the band in a straight-but-not- straight style reminiscent of McCoy Tyner... seems destined to great things—and soon.
— Daniel Piotrowski, JazzTimes

The  George Burton Quintet, one of George's two groups playing on the New York jazz scene, is a hard bashing group that fuses traditional hard bop, avant garde, post bop, R&B, among other genres—shaking hands with the past while firing towards the future. This group swings hard and allows each musician to tell his own story. It features the harmonic grooves of: trumpeter Jason Palmer, saxophonist Tim Warfield, bassist Pablo Menares, and drummer Wayne Smith, Jr.

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The Quintet is the manifestation of George's "straight-but-not-straight" style of playing and his unique ability to adapt his playing to meet the needs of those sharing the stage while maintaining his own signature sound, thereby respecting the tradition of the genre while grounding himself firmly as a creative presence. As George explains, “The sound comes from a different place. The music is written for people to hear melodies and be able to relate to them. It’s a very open sound but still brings all of the complexities from the jazz idiom. It’s a situation that allows everyone to be themselves."

George is a young guy with his own thing... He takes a different approach.
— Jack Walrath, trumpeter

George Burton and company swing through the New York night in a jazz basement of legend. Tucked practically in between audience members, the band blows down the house again and again - luckily this one's made of stone, swing, and mortar. Boat Safety Films presents a full gig in sections. Live at Smalls Jazz Club on May 10th 2014 1st Set, 1st Tune - "Stuck in the Crack" - written and arranged by George Burton. George Burton - Piano. Terell Stafford - Trumpet. Tim Warfield - Saxophone. Wayne Smith Jr - Drums. Noah Jackson - Bass. Filming Directed by Giga Shane. Special thanks to Spike Wilner.

Clearly the people loved it, as he wooed two standing room only crowds.
— Tim Warfield, saxophonist

Second Opinion by George Burton

George Burton Quintet featuring Tim Warfield & Terell Stafford  |  Smalls Jazz NYC, October 2012

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