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Claudia Burson Trio


Claudia has a unique and instantly recognizable jazz sound. She is a stylist who has can breathe new life into a standard, magically infusing her soulfulness and personality into the music. The concert will showcase Claudia Burson on piano, Steve Wilkes on drums and Drew Packard on bass. Claudia's talent was nurtured from her youth. She grew up in Fayetteville, Ark. - the heartland of America - where the corners of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas meet. Her interest in music was sparked early on, and she began playing piano at age eight. Classical lessons followed, along with encouragement from her uncle, Kermit Burson, who was a professional guitarist. Claudia's musical training continued through her school years, and upon entering college she studied classical piano with Beatriz Pilapil at the University of Arkansas. In 1976, Claudia enrolled at Berklee School of Music in Boston, followed by a fruitful period of performance in Houston, Texas, where she met and played with people like Don Wilkerson and Arnett Cobb to name a couple. Since returning to Fayetteville in 1998, Claudia has gained a regional following through her many performances. Claudia Burson - Piano Drew, Packard - Upright Bass, Acoustic Guitar Steve Wilkes - Drums