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Orrin Evans Remembers Dwayne Burno

6.10.70 – 12.28.13

Dwayne Burno
Dwayne Burno

The first time I heard Dwayne Burno was at Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus in Philadelphia. He was in his first year at Berklee and would come back home from Boston for the jam sessions. To be honest, I wasn’t impressed by his style at that time. What I was impressed by was that this dude knew every song ever written. And if he didn’t know the song, then you didn’t know that he didn’t know it!

But then I would see him on so many different projects. When I was in my last year of high school, I turned on the TV and there’s Burno with Betty Carter. That’s when I said, “That’s the dude from Ortlieb’s!” Being from Philly, that meant so much to all of us.

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