Burney playing saxophone live
|Birth name||Michael Burney|
1 November 1944 |
Great Barr, Birmingham, UK
|Instruments||Flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone|
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. He is currently working on a joint project with other Wizzard members called "The Old Horns Band". He currently has a residency at Miller & Carter in Sutton Coldfield.
Session and live work
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; covering a range of blues, jazz and big band genres.