Jan 28, 2013
Pianist Rahn Burton, also known as Ron Burton and best known for his work with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, died Jan. 25 in New York City. The cause of death was not reported. Mr. Burton is survived by his son Akemela Burton, who is also the administrator of his estate.
Burton was born in 1934 in Louisville, Ky., and began playing in that city in the early 1950s. He joined Kirk’s group in 1953 and stayed with him for six years, recording with Kirk for the Argo label. Later Burton toured with George Adams, rejoining Kirk in the late ’60s and remaining with him into the mid-’70s. He started his own band, the African-American Connection in the early ’70s, while also freelancing with other musicians. An interview with Rahn can be viewed here.
An Emergency Memorial Benefit for Rahn Burton was held on Sunday Jan 27 at 449 LA Jazz Gallery @449 Lenox Ave (corner 132nd st ). All proceeds will go to address immediate internment expenses and necessaries as well as estate emergency expenses. Should you wish to donate, contributions may be sent to Akemela Burton c/o Rahn Burton Estate 484 West 43rd Street Apt 14 H NY, NY 10021.