b. 10 September 1939, Derby, Derbyshire, England. Burnap caught the New Orleans jazz bug in his school days, playing washboard with a group of like-minded fellow pupils. His switch to trombone happened in the late 50s, when he emigrated to New Zealand, joining the Omega Jazz Band in 1958 and recording with them in 1961. Four years later, after gigging around and recording in Australia, he returned to England, playing regularly with Terry Lightfoot. Another four years on, after visiting both Australia and New Orleans he joined Ian Armit. This time his wanderlust seems to have abated - his subsequent freelance career has included two long spells with regular bands Alan Elsdon (1970-75) and Acker Bilk (1980-87). As well as playing with virtually every well-known New Orleans/mainstream band in England, Burnap has appeared with visiting American jazz musicians including Billy Butterfield, Bud Freeman, Bob Haggart, and Kenny Davern. Burnap also broadcast regularly as a jazz presenter with London’s JFM and BBC Radio 2, where he was also heard as a panellist on the quiz-show Jazz Score. He also writes on jazz topics - his short story A Bit Of A Scrape appeared in Quartet Books’ 1986 collection B-Flat, Bebop, Scat. With a playing and singing style much indebted to that of Jack Teagarden, possessing great warmth and a strong personal touch, Burnap deserves his reputation as ‘one of Britain’s most stylish trombonists’.
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