At least one jazz musician lucky enough to have the surname of Burns would have to be what's known as a musician's musician as well, seeing as how it is mostly musicians that like to compliment each other by shouting "You're burning!" In fact no better example might exist of this phenomenon than the trumpeter, composer, and educator Dave Burns.
Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on March 5, 1924, he started with the trumpet, there exists a discography that would bar entry to a modest-sized home if stacked properly. Normally just the fact that Dizzy Gillespie was one of the bandleaders who hired Burns is enough to get the attention of an entire brass master class, a theme that will come up again in the next chorus.
As a composer, Burns has a nifty catalog of titles such as "Automation" and "Rigor Mortis," the kind of stuff that shows up like perfectly prepared hard-boiled eggs on hip...