Abraham Burton

Abraham Burton (born March 17, 1971, New York City)[1] is an American saxophonist (tenor and alto) and bandleader. He is a featured performer on the 2011 Grammy Award winning album Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard.[citation needed]


Burton was raised in Greenwich Village[2] and is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and the Hartt School, Burton's teachers included Michael Carvin, Justin DiCioccio, and Jackie McLean. While attending the Hartt School he performed with the Collective Expression Band. In 2013 he was awarded the Ralph Bunche fellowship for post-graduate studies in music education at Rutgers University. During the early 1990s he played with Nat Reeves' band, and from 1991-1995 he performed with Art Taylor’s Wailers.[1]

In 1994 Burton formed his own band, Forbidden Fruit, whose members at various times included pianists Marc Cary, Allan Palmer, and James Hurt, the double bass players Billy Johnson and Yosuke Inoue, and the drummer Eric McPherson. With that band he toured internationally and recorded several albums. He has also performed in ensembles led by Louis Hayes, Ali Jackson, and Santi DeBriano.[1]


As leaderEdit

  • Closest to the Sun (Enja, 1984)
  • The Magician (Enja, 1995)

As sidemanEdit

With Lucian Ban

  • Mystery (Sunnyside, 2013)
  • Songs from Afar (Sunnyside, 2016)

With Louis Hayes

  • Quintessential Lou (TCB, 1999)
  • The Candy Man (TCB, 2001)
  • The Time Keeper (18th & Vine 2009)
  • Return of the Jazz Communicators (Smoke Sessions, 2014)
  • Serenade for Horace (Blue Note, 2017)

With Mingus Big Band

With Art Taylor

  • Mr. A. T. (Enja, 1992)
  • Wailin' at the Vanguard (Verve, 1993)

With Jack Walrath

  • Heavy Mirth (SteepleChase, 2010)
  • Forsooth! (SteepleChase, 2011)
  • To Hellas and Back (SteepleChase, 2013)
  • Unsafe at Any Speed (SteepleChase, 2015)

With others


  1. ^ a b c *Gary W. Kennedy. "Burton, Abraham (Augustus, Jr.)", Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed October 11, 2015), (subscription access)
  2. ^ Bribetz, Sid (December 1994). "Abraham Burton". JazzTimes. Retrieved September 26, 2019.