For Immediate Release First Annual Italian Heritage Month Concert Saturday, October 4, 2003 at the NJ Performing Arts Center, Newark, New Jersey (Victoria Theater 7 pm) A TRIBUTE IN MEMORY OF VINNIE BURKE
renowned Jazz Bassist
(March 15, 1921-February 1, 2002) Bassist, Vinnie Burke, at one time or another, played engagements with and recorded with the greatest names in jazz. Vinnie Burke was recognized as an excellent soloist, a sensitive accompanyist, and a valued sideman. These facts are documented on numerous recordings on which Burke played as both sideman and leader. His reputation is inextricably linked to the famed 52nd Street Jazz Era of New York City known as "Swing Street". Evidenced by the recording "Marian McPartland on 52nd Street" features Marian Mc Partland on piano with Vinnie Burke on bass and Joe Morello on drums, Savoy-recorded live at the Hickory House on 52nd Street, 1953. Vinnie Burke (Vincenzo Bucci) was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He began playing music at five years old and became a Jazz Artist. Burke appeared and played on numerous network television specials. Of note was Benny Goodman’s 25th Anniversary. Vinnie Burke’s debut Album of 1957, The Vinnie Burke Jazz String Quartet on ABC Paramount was well received with a four page feature in Esquire Magazine, and a nominations for Playboy’s Jazz Poll. Just a clip of his 45 year career can be found in the Encyclopedia of Jazz. Please call 973-564-9117 or the New Jersey Performing Art Center for tickets.