Miami Herald Feature: Grammy-winning jazz superstar Gary Burton to play final concerts in March, then retire
Superstar jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton of Fort Lauderdale says this definitely is it: Beginning Wednesday, he’ll perform 13 final concerts in eight cities in 17 days.
Burton — who helped revolutionize modern jazz and then risked his career by coming out as gay in a 1994 NPR interview — is again making an announcement other big stars would dread. The seven-time Grammy winner says that when this brief tour is over, he’ll retire and never again play music, on stage or off.
“I only enjoy playing with people,” Burton says. “It just doesn’t seem very fulfilling or satisfying to play by myself, or to sit down and play the piano for a while and so on. Never has. I’ve always been somebody who wanted the live experience.”
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