fingerstyle funk to blues, to rock, to classical contrabass and straight
ahead swing, bassist Brian Burke has his, well..... bases covered!
may have heard or seen Brian recently on one of his numerous television
or radio appearances which include appearances on WGN morning news
and PBS's "Arts Across Illinois" with internationally renowned
Zydeco artists Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies.
made his first forays into the world of professional music while still
in high school, playing with Chicago blues musicians Half-Blind Mike,
AC Turner, and "Killer" Ray Allison. He also gained experience
performing for weddings and private parties in small jazz groups.
Brian was awarded the Trustees Scholarship for music from Cornell
College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Highlights of his time at Cornell include
being inducted into the PHI KAPPA LAMBDA national music honor society,
being named to the Iowa All-Star Collegiate Jazz Band, playing riverboat
cruises with the Dick Jurgens Orchestra, and touring Europe as the
principal bassist of the Cornell Philharmonic. In 2001 Brian graduated
with a Bachelor of Music in String Bass Performance.
this point, Brian moved to the Chicago area where he received an assistantship
to study at Northern Illinois University. His duties included performing
in the NIU Philharmonic and acting as a low string specialist in the
Sycamore school district. While involved in all of this, Brian studied
with bassist Marlene Rosenberg. He began playing with Mojo and the
Bayou Gypsies, touring the United States and Europe. He earned a Masters
of Music in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy in 2003.
you will find Brian involved in several projects. The desire to express
through music and achieve a high level of artistry never ends. He
continues to perform to sold out audiences throughout the country
with Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies. He is a proud member of the the all
original rock group Soundframe, which has had it's music performed
on the radio and been the feature of radio interviews. He is also
involved in many other performing projects and teaches privately on
electric and acoustic bass as well as guitar.