A fine pianist who began playing professionally in Louisville during the '50s, Rahn Burton started with Rahsaan Roland Kirk in 1953, and toured with him through the Midwest for six years. One of Kirk's earliest Argo albums included a Burton composition. Burton toured with George Adams, playing organ in the mid-'60s, following engagements in New York, Syracuse, and Louisville, then worked in Atlanta with Sirone. Burton rejoined Kirk in the late '60s, playing with him until the mid-'70s and making several recordings. He formed his own band, the African-American Connection, in the early '70s and continued heading them at various points. He played and recorded with Michael Carvin, Stanley Turrentine, Leon Thomas, Carlos Garnett, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Charlie Rouse, Adams, and Beaver Harris. Rahn Burton died in New York City on January 25, 2013, at the age of 78.
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