Monday, February 10, 2014


Ronnie Burrage is considered one of the best jazz musicians on the world scene today. His latest release “Heal” with his “Band Burrage” is innovatively formed, rooted in jazz tradition, and evokes good vibes, with a sound quality of a multitude of creative influences.

Ronnie’s latest recording “Heal” with ‘Band Burrage’ blends fusion, hard bop, rock and pop elements in a diverse, contemporary fashion. There are sections featuring unison playing and Afro-Latin rhythms, then periods with free, skittering passages as drummer/keyboardist Ronnie Burrage, EWI/saxophonist Rick Tate, guitarist Eric Slaughter, bassist Nimrod Speaks and vocalist Shenel Johns take turns offering frenetic, exuberant solos. Influenced by groups like Wayne Shorter, U.K., Milton Nascimento, Weather Report, Mile Davis, Radio Head, Yes, Tribe Called Quest, Funkadelics, Sly & The Family Stone, Alan Holdsworth, Stevie Wonder to name a few.

“I'm looking to reach as many people as possible, agents, bookings, CD sales, most importantly international and national music festivals. This band live is super hot and I need to be touring all the time like in my younger days” says Ronnie.

Burrage is considered a virtuoso, exceptionally skilled and regarded as one of the best in the business at his craft. He has toured all four continents from Siberia to South Africa to Japan and is a well respected educator who’s biography is vibrant and dynamically diverse. He has graced stages with the who’s who of jazz ie. Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Frank Morgan, Wallace Roney, Jackie & Rene McLean, James Moody, Gary Bartz, Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Joe Zawinul, Cedar Walton, Wood Shaw, McCoy Tyner, Pepper Adams and is featured on over 100 recordings throughout his career.

“The Jazz Network Worldwide is honored to be featuring such a legend in jazz. His musical offerings are well-suited for our jazz community where worldwide music festivals and booking agents can learn about his amazing musical history and latest release. Ronnie’s music is not only for the jazz aficionado to be fed but for the up-and-coming artists that need to open their ears to a historical thread of jazz history through his music” says Jaijai Jackson, creator of The Jazz Network Worldwide.

Music has healing properties, according to Burrage. “We have not yet begun to explore all that music can do for us, individually and on a global level,” he said. He believes music can provide one avenue to erase all the divisions and hate in the world. (

"Prof Burrage is known not only for his virtuoso ability with all forms of percussion, but as an innovative composer and program designer who can put together dramatic musical programs which are deeply educational and altogether entertaining. I am writing these things because I think more people need to know Ronnie Burrage, who has been on the scene, like they say, and has been saying something musically, at a very high level." — Amiri Baraka

“Mr. Burrage is articulate and interesting in my opinion because of his ability to communicate and entertain large and diverse audiences and I have followed and witnessed his work for many years.” – (2013)

Upcoming events:
February 11-13 ~ Penn State Music Festival 7:30 PM ~ 11:00 PM HUB Heritage Hall University Park, PA This festival will feature international artist, local bands and PSU student performers involved in courses taught by Ronnie Burrage.

February 23 ~ Tribute to Horace Silver. Ronnie Burrage w/Patience Higgins, Rick Germanson & Gerald Cannon The Bass Line 5 ~ 8PM

March 21 ~ "Band Burrage" The Side Door CD release party Old Lyme, CT

March 27 ~"Band Burrage" The Gamble Mill, Bellefonte, PA


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