From fingerstyle funk to blues, to rock, to classical contrabass and straight ahead swing, bassist Brian Burke has his, well..... bases covered!

You 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.

Brian 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.

Next, 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.

At 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.

Today 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.

The story so far...

Musical Heroes:

Ray Brown

James Jamerson

Jaco Pastorius

Jimmy Page

Johnny Marr

Mark Knopfler

Music Education:

*Bachelor of Music (Cornell College, 2001)

*Master of Music (Northern Illinois University, 2003)

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