Art "Turk" Burton

Governors State University, M.A., Ethnic Studies, 1977
Governors State University, B.A., Cultural Studies, 1976

I received a full scholarship for Jazz Percussion to attend Governors State University under the director of Dr. Warrick Carter. While at GSU, the Jazz Band won numerous awards and received a three week residence in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Members of the band included Chico Freeman, Billy Howell, Vandy Harris, Curtis Prince, Rufus Reid, Frank Gordon, and Henry Threadgill. I became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in 1973.

Work Experiences
I performed with the AACM’s Great Black Music Ensemble at the Umbria International Jazz Festival in Italy in 2009.
I was featured at the 2009 Chicago Jazz Festival where I performed and lectured at an event called “Percussion – Discussion.”
I performed with the AACM’s Great Black Music Ensemble at the Sons D’hiver Festival in Paris, France in 2008
Art performed with Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble at the Sons D’hiver Festival in Paris, France in 2007.

History and Cultural Arts Professor, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL, Aug. 2003 –
Director of African American Student Affairs, Columbia College Chicago, 1997 – 2003
Adjunct Professor, History of Jazz, Governors State University, 1980
Lecturer, Northwestern University, African Musical Influences in the Caribbean, 1985
Percussion Instructor, Chicago Conservatory of Music, 1970s

Musical Instrument
Bongo Drums and Conga Drums – self taught.

Mongo Santamaria, Armando Peraza, Tata Guines, Candido Camero, Ray Barretto, Big Black, Henry Gibson, Percy James, Babatunde Olatunji, Willie Bobo, Sabu Martinez, Montego Joe, Pablo Landrum, Sunni Morgan, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner and Pharaoh Sanders.

Chairman, AACM, 2011-
Member, Chi8cago Jazz Institute
Leader, Congo Square Artistic Ensemble, an AACM music group.
Member of the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble, AACM Experimental Band, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, Fenix Percussion Ensemble, South Suburban College Jazz Orchestra, Renee Baker and the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, and Conjunto Bembe.

Former Affiliations
Phil Cohran Workshop Ensemble, Muhal Richard Abrams Big Band, (Muhal has recently been inducted as a NEA Jazz Master) Joseph Jarman Big Band, AACM Big Band, Vandy Harris and the Front Burners. Leader of a rhythm and blues band named the Soul Naturals, which in 1969 won the Illinois State Battle of the Bands and finished second in the National Battle of the Bands Final in Raleigh, NC that year.

Nicole Mitchell – “Hope, Future, Destiny” Ari Brown – “Venus” Tanya Reed “Live”
Vandy Harris – “Pure Fire.” I participated in various rhythm and blues group recordings at Chess Studios, Chicago in the early 1970s.

Performed with:
Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin, Jones, Randy Weston, Ari Brown, Sonny Stitt, Jimmy Forrest. Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lester Bowie, Ira Sullivan, Ken McIntyre, Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, Luba Raashiek, Phil Cohran, Kenny Barron, Freddie Waits, Wilbur Campbell, Kahil El Zabar, Ernest Dawkins, Ed Wilkerson, Joseph Jarman, Don Moye, Roscoe Mitchell, Wilbur Campbell, Jodie Christian, Rufus Reid, Chico Freeman, George Freeman, Henry Threadgill, Malachi Favors, Harrison Bankhead, Jerry Gonzalez, Sammy Torres, Ken Chaney, Rhamlee Davis, Steve Cobb and others.