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Bassist Dwayne Burno dies at 43

Ron Scott | 1/9/2014, 11:24 a.m.

Burno was born on June 10, 1970, into a musical family. His mother, Juanita Burno, who passed in 2001, was an accomplished pianist and choral director at their church.

His musical appetite was enhanced by his mother’s jazz collection, which included Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, Chico Hamilton, Stan Getz and Duke Ellington’s big band. 

All of his older siblings play or played musical instruments. His oldest brother, Jeffrey Bundy, plays trumpet; the late Rev. Timothy L. Burno Jr. played the clarinet; and Dr. Derrick K. Burno plays flute. His mother and brothers planted that musical seed in his psyche early on.

Burno studied the violin from fourth grade up until his junior year in high school. He was basically self-taught on bass until high school. It was Dr. George E. Allen, the head of the music and art magnet programs, who offered him an opportunity to play the bass and join the jazz quintet.

Burno was later influenced by the bass gurus Ron Carter, Buster Williams and Oscar Pettiford, as well as by the improvisational style of Charlie Parker.

He is survived by his wife; his 7-year-old son, Quinn; and his brothers, Derrick Burno, Jeffrey Bundy and Charlton Burno.