Scott Burns Quintet Brings Jazz to Birch Creek, Sept. 30

Birch Creek Music Performance Center is pleased to welcome the Scott Burns Quintet on Sept. 30 at 7:30 pm for their Fall Concert Series.

Saxophonist and Birch Creek faculty member Scott Burns will bring an all-star quintet consisting of veterans from the Chicago and international jazz scene, including fellow Birch Creek faculty member trombonist Tom Garling. The group will perform a concert of jazz standards, original compositions by Burns and Garling, and a repertoire associated with the late iconic trumpeter/bandleader and NEA Jazz Master Dizzy Gillespie, in celebration of his centennial year. Proceeds from this special concert will contribute to scholarship funds for Birch Creek Music Performance Center academy attendees for the summer of 2018.

Scott Burns. Submitted.

Scott Burns, alto saxophone faculty (Skokie, Ill.), is currently a faculty member at DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Colombia College Chicago, and North Park University, where his collective duties include jazz ensemble director, applied saxophone instructor, jazz combo coach, jazz history lecturer, and woodwind coordinator. He is frequently heard performing in greater Chicago’s leading jazz venues and has performed alongside several international jazz artists, including McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jamal, Clark Terry, Ira Sullivan, David Hazeltine, Tom Harrell, Eric Alexander, and Harry Connick Jr. His latest recording, Passages (Origin Records), features his original compositions and received critical acclaim across the nation. Burns has been a faculty member with Birch Creek for five seasons.

Tom Garling, trombone faculty (Arlington Heights, Ill.), toured with Buddy Rich at the age of 20, toured with Maynard Ferguson for six years, and more recently with Frank Sinatra Jr. He teaches at Elmhurst College, Roosevelt University, and Northern Illinois University. Garling performs with numerous jazz groups including the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and currently plays with the Mike Smith Quintet at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago. Garling has been a faculty member with Birch Creek for 18 seasons.

Tickets are $29 for general seating and $34 for premium seating. For tickets or more information visit


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