Gary Burton

Gary Burton ( born January 23, 1943 in Anderson, Indiana) is an American jazz vibraphonist.

Life and work

At the age of six years, Gary Burton started playing the piano, whose teaching was deepened at the high school. At college he studied piano and composition. The vibraphone learned Gary Burton as a self-taught, he developed while playing with four mallets. In 1958 he took part in a workshop held by Stan Kenton at Indiana University; while he played in a band led by John LaPorta students. In 1960 he had his first engagement in Nashville. He had made ​​his recording debut, who was also involved in the composition Three, Four, the Blues in 1961 on the album Jazz Winds from a New Direction, the Hank Garland for Columbia Records recorded on which participated the 17 -year-old vibraphonist.

In 1961 his first record under his own name, New Vibe Man In Town with Gene Cherico and Joe Morello. Later, Gary Burton then played with George Shearing and Stan Getz, with whom he participated in the films The Hanged Man and Get Yourself A College Girl. Then he founded a quartet with Steve Swallow, Larry Coryell and Bob Moses. One of the best recordings from this period is the composition A Genuine Tong Funeral, a masterpiece of Carla Bley, which was recorded in 1967 by jazz Composer's Orchestra and Burton's quartet.

In the next decade, Burton played with various guitarists (among others Jerry Hahn, Sam T. Brown and Pat Metheny ) and bassist ( and Others Eberhard Weber and Steve Swallow ) and developed his style further.

For the title Alone At Last Burton received a Grammy in 1973 for Best Jazz Performance by a Soloist. Since this year, his plates were brought out from the ECM label. The well-rehearsed with Chick Corea Crystal Silence plates (1972) and Duet (1979 ) was judged more than once.

As of 1980, Gary Burton developed further, and undertook, among other trips to the tango, for example with the plate Astor Piazzolla Reunion: A Tango Excursion. Regular partner was the pianist Makoto Ozone.

He teaches at the Berklee College of Music and also had leadership roles in college.

Burton was married twice and had from his second marriage from 1975 to 1984 two children with Catherine Goldwyn, a granddaughter of Samuel Goldwyn. In the 1980s, he had a homosexual relationship and outed himself in 1996 in a radio interview. 2013 he married his longtime partner Jonathan Chong.