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Miami Herald review, “New book recounts vibraphonist Gary Burton’s jazz journey”

Miami Herald review, “New book recounts vibraphonist Gary Burton’s jazz journey”September 5, 2013: On August 8, 2013 the Miami Herald published a review of Gary’s autobiography, Learning to Listen.

James Gary Burton was 6, growing up in a small town in Indiana, when his father decided he should have music lessons. Looking for the appropriate instrument, the family attended several music performances, including one by a marimba and vibraphone teacher.

“I don’t really remember this experience, or even the fact that I apparently showed sufficient interest to convince my parents this was the instrument I wanted to play,” Burton says in his autobiography, Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton, to be published in September by Berklee Press.

But vibraphone it was. And just like that, the improbable path of one of the great jazz musicians of his generation was set.… Read the full article.


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  1. JoAnn

    January 21, 2015 (20:20) Reply

    I look forward to seeing Gary Burton in concert somewhere, anywhere in the future.

  2. Audrey Tice

    September 19, 2016 (17:59) Reply

    My sister and I toured with Gary in the 50’s with “Stars of Tomorrow,” sponsored by the Shriners. We toured all over the tri-state. He was magnificent at that time. We were known as The Arnold Sisters. We had a unique dancing act. Congratulations Gary!

  3. Neville Jones

    December 27, 2016 (10:39) Reply

    Any chance of seeing Gary in Liverpool, england or even the uk or Europe? Truly one of the greatest

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