New Gary Burton Quartet opens Silver Series at PSU Sept. 15

August 29th, 2013 by Lynn

    THE SILVER Series at Plymouth State University will begin on Sept. 15 with the coming of the New Gary Burton Quartet. COURTESY

    PLYMOUTH —The New Gary Burton Quartet, led by vibraphonist and seven-time Grammy winner Gary Burton, will open the 2013-14 Silver Series for the Performing Arts Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Plymouth State University.

    His new quartet features guitar virtuoso Julian Lage, rising superstar bassist Scott Colley and veteran drummer Antonio Sanchez.

    At 70 years of age Burton is rewriting the book on retirement with a new CD release. Guided Tour came out Aug. 20 on Mack Avenue Records. He sought out original material from all the band’s members, illuminating their wide range of crosscultural music styles.

    “They outdid themselves this time,” he says.

    Burton’s autobiography, Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton from Berklee Press hits the stands Sept. 3.

    Burton’s stature as the former executive vice president of Berklee College of Music in Boston caps three decades of life in jazz education, which coincided with his already busy career as a performer and recording artist. His reintroduction and expansion of the technique of four-mallet playing helped to create one of the jazz world’s signature sounds.

    Tickets for the New Gary Burton Quartet in the Hanaway Theater are for sale at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or 800-779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.

    Burton will be signing CDs and books in the Silver Lobby after the performance.


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