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don burrows

Is there an Australian who hasn’t heard of Don Burrows? Legendary musician Don Burrows has been at the forefront of the jazz world for most of his 60 years in the business. He’s a household name in Australia, renowned for his musicianship and his enthusiastic support for the jazz arts. Considered one the greatest Jazz musicians of all time, and has toured the world numerous times to great acclaim.

This superb multi-instrumentalist plays flute, clarinet and all the saxophones, from alto to baritone. He’s a composer and arranger of great note, and one of the world’s finest interpreters of the jazz tradition. A Don Burrows experience is a journey from classic swing and the gentle sway of Brazilian bossa nova to exciting modern jazz. It is fresh, alive and filled with beauty!

Throughout a long, varied and successful career Don Burrows has played just about every kind of venue, in front of just about every kind of audience, from nightclubs and festival stages to television studios and outback classrooms. His musicianship and his ability to communicate his passion for the music have become legendary. He remains one of Australia’s pre-eminent artists, veritably a Living National Treasure.


DON BURROWS IS • Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), 1973 • Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), 1987 • Life member of the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, 1988 • Inducted into the ARIA Music Awards Hall of Fame, 1991 • Named one of the Australian Living Treasures, 1989, 1999 • Handel Music Prize, 2000 • Sir Bernard Heinze Award, for his service to Australia, 2000 • Honorary Doctorate in Music, Sydney University, 2000 • Honorary Doctorate in Music, Edith Cowan University, Perth, 2001 • Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music, Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Awards of 2004 • Honorary Doctorate in Education, Central Queensland University, 2004 • Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal 1977 • Inducted into the Australian Jazz Bell Awards Hall of Fame, 2007

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