Last month the legendary Gary Burton announced that he would be embarking on his farewell from music tour. Burton is retiring from performing following this 13 city tour and luckily Chicago/Evanston was included on the schedule.
Burton along with his longtime collaborator, pianist Makoto Ozone, performed at SPACE in Evanston on March 14th and photographer Harvey Tillis was there at the sound check to capture a few photos.
Since breaking on the jazz scene at just 17 years old, Burton has reinvented the way mallet instruments are conceptualized in jazz and modern music. We wish Gary the best in the next stage of his life, he is truly an innovator and the music world is going to miss hearing him perform!
All photos by Harvey Tillis