Minneapolis, MN (September 18, 2017)

 

The Yellowjackets

 

“Over nearly four decades of performing and over 20 albums to their credit, Grammy Award winners the Yellowjackets have become one of the premiere instrumental jazz ensembles in modern music. With their latest release, 2016’s Coherence, and the addition of bassist Dane Alderson, they are again transcending the “fusion” tag that they helped create.

Originally formed by Robben Ford to back him up for his 1977 record, The Inside Story, the trio of keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson found they had more in common than just this session. By the time they released their debut record, they had taken the Yellowjackets name, and started getting attention from jazz radio across the country. A number of personnel changes aided in the band’s streamlined sound: the addition of versatile drummer William Kennedy in 1986 and saxophonist Bob Mintzer in 1991 were two of the biggest, and they make up the current lineup of the band.”

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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched https://www.drummersphotgrapher.com. Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.

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