From self-proclaimed "outsider" to Legend, Gary Burton is a study in fascinating uniqueness. On vibes at six, he became an early sensation - and caught the ear of Boots Randolph in Nashville - then Chet Atkins, who got him signed to RCA. His debut in 1961 drew buzz from every genre, and George Shearing hired him - then, Stan Getz. For two years, Gary was a pivotal part of Stan's group. Let's be clear on how unique a talent that Gary Burton is. When fusion wasn't defined yet, he was fusing. He picked up the cue from his Hybrid Heart and formed a unit with Larry Coryell that gets buzz to this day. "Duster" featured Larry, as well as Steve Swallow and Roy Haynes from the Getz days - and it drove home the point about who Gary was: the true Aquarian, who marches to the beat of a different drum - the water-bearer, whose ideas pour fourth like rain. 74 countries on the planet can attest to that - he has played in all of them. 30 years at Berklee can back that up, too. From a percussion teacher in 1971, he became the Executive Vice-President of the College in 1996. SEVEN Grammies don't necessarily define who one is, but they sure clarify they gift, don't they?! And Chick Corea could wax poetic on that subject about his friend and frequent collaborator all through next week This blissfully unique pioneer, innovator, mentor, musician, writer, professor, and legend will have much to say tomorrow at one p.m. Gary has a new project to discuss, featuring his New Quartet - but he is also very proud to let you know about his BOOK. An autobiography called, "Learning to Listen: the Jazz Journey of Gary Burton." Music, inspirations, friends, honesty and comin
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