Vibraphonist Gary Burton is perhaps best known for the development of his signature four-mallet playing technique as well as his long and fruitful musical collaboration with pianist Chick Corea, with whom he popularized the jazz duet form.
The youngest recipient of DownBeat magazine’s “Jazzman of the Year” award (1968), Burton has won numerous Grammys and remains a major figure in jazz education.
Burton attended Berklee from 1960-61, returning in 1971 as an instructor.
In 1985 he became dean of curriculum, and in 1996 was named as executive vice president, a position he held until his retirement in 2004.
Over the course of his tenure at Berklee, Burton was responsible for overseeing hundreds of courses as well as devising new programs.