Vi Burnside

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b. 19 April 1915, USA. An outstanding tenor saxophonist, Burnside played in an all-female band led by Bill Baldwin before joining the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm when Jesse Stone reorganized the…
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b. 19 April 1915, USA. An outstanding tenor saxophonist, Burnside played in an all-female band led by Bill Baldwin before joining the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm when Jesse Stone reorganized the band in the early 40s. With the Sweethearts she toured Europe, playing to American servicemen and at the end of the 40s she stayed on when the Sweethearts disbanded to reform under the leadership of Anna Mae Winburn. During the late 40s and early 50s Burnside also led her own quintet which featured trumpet players Norma Carson and Flo Dreyer. A driving player with a breathy forceful tone, Burnside was one of the best soloists the Sweethearts had, and there was no shortage of them. Had she come along a generation or so later, there seems little doubt that she would have been acclaimed as the truly world-class saxophonist she was.