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Abraham Burton

Abraham Burton – of Belizean descent, grew up in the lively streets of Greenwich Village along with childhood friends Eric McPherson and Nasheet Waits. Abraham’s inevitable gravitation towards Music was ignited during a time when jazz clubs, then swarmed with Patrons, frequently featured jazz giants like Art Blakey, Max Roach, Richard Davis, McCoy Tyner, Barry Harris, Freddie Waits, Sonny Rollins and Elvin Jones. Determined to explore the jazz idiom Burton attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of the Music & Performing Arts, under the tutelage of master music instructor Justin Dicioccio. In 1989 Burton was chosen by Dicioccio to be the alto man in an all star quintet that was awarded best jazz combo by Downbeat Magazine. In addition Burton received an award for outstanding soloist. In the same year Burton entered and won the McDonalds Jazz Combo Competition in trio fashion with Eric McPherson.

Abraham pursued further development in an apprenticeship under the watchful eye of the legendary jazz great, Jackie McLean at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music, where Abraham received his Bachelor in Music and performance, graduating with honors. It was here, through intense studies with McLean, that Abraham discovered the importance of jazz history. “McLean instructed me to study the lineage…” perhaps knowingly preparing Abraham for the next chapter in his musical endeavors.

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