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Burno, Dwayne

Burno, Dwayne, bass; b. Philadelphia, PA, 10 June 1970. He was first exposed to jazz at the age of three by his mother who had an extensive record collection. By the time he reached junior high school he knew he wanted to be a musician. A self-taught bassist, Dwayne began playing at the age of sixteen.

Dwayne has been influenced by a variety of music ranging from classical to hip-hop. His exposure to different types of music has helped to shape him as a bass player and a composer. In order to be a well-balanced player, Dwayne believes it is important to be open to all genres of music.

His first major gig was with Donald Harrison in 1989. In 1990 he played with Jesse Davis and in June of that year Dwayne moved to New York and started working with Betty Carter. After leaving Ms. Carter in late 1991, Dwayne has gone on to play with such luminaries as Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson, Joe Chambers, Herbie Hancock, Barry Harris, Arthur Taylor, and Wynton Marsalis. He has also shared the stage with Mulgrew Miller, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Reed, Steve Wilson, Jacky Terrason, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Jon Faddis, Ralph Moore, Stephen Scott, and a host of others. These musicians are a cross section of the past, present, and future of improvisational music. The experiences gained through personal and musical sharing have laid a foundation for Dwayne as a bassist and composer.

Masters such as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Kenny Dorham, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Cedar Walton, Duke Pearson, Oscar Pettiford, Sam Jones, Ron Carter, and Buster Williams have had a profound effect and influence on Dwayne's musical and compositional viewpoints and conceptions.
The exceptional young musicians featured in Dwayne's band are Kevin Hays, Steve Nelson, Dion Parson, and Myron Walden.

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