Mike Burney

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Mike Burney
Burney playing saxophone live
Burney playing saxophone live
Background information
Birth name Michael Burney
Born (1944-11-01) 1 November 1944 (age 69)
Great Barr, Birmingham, UK
Origin Birmingham
Genres Jazz, pop
Instruments Flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
Website Official website

Mike Burney (born 1 November 1944 in Great Barr, Birmingham, England) is a jazz saxophonist, most notable for his tenure in Roy Wood's Wizzard.[1]

Early life[edit]

Burney was born in the Great Barr area of Birmingham, and educated at Bromsgrove College of Further Education.[1]


Between 1968 and 1970, Burney was in Billy Fury's backing band. Following this, he was a member of Wizzard, playing on records such as I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday. He also wrote its b-side, Rob Roy's Nightmare (A Bit More H.A.).

More recently, he worked with the Million-Airs Big Band & Concert Orchestra and spent eight years with The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.[2] He is currently working on a joint project with other Wizzard members called "The Old Horns Band".[2] He currently has a residency at Miller & Carter in Sutton Coldfield.[3]

Session and live work[edit]

Burney has toured, accompanied and sessioned with artists such as Chaka Khan, The Beach Boys, Sammy Davis, Jr., Petula Clark, Memphis Slim, Steve Winwood, Ruby Turner, Adam Faith, Bob Hope, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black, Dionne Warwick and Matt Monro;[4] covering a range of blues, jazz and big band genres.


  1. ^ a b "Mike Burney". 1973 Wizzard Tour Programme. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Meet the Band". The Old Horns Band. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  3. ^ "The Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield". Miller & Carter. Mitchells & Butlers. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Mike Burney". Bearwood Jazz. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 

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