Ronnie Burrage & Holographic Principle
Hartford Public Library’s highly-popular Baby Grand Jazz Series returns for its 19th season in 2022 with a spectacular line-up of the best jazz musicians in the region. If you can’t make it in person, tune in virtually on Hartford Public Library’s Facebook Page or YouTube channel.
Drummer, percussionist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, band leader and music educator Ronnie Burrage was born on Oct. 19, 1959, in St. Louis. His style draws most notably from the musical genres of jazz, funk and soul. Burrage sang in The St. Louis Cathedral Boys Choir from ages 7 to 11, and had the opportunity to perform with Duke Ellington, one of the greatest musical figures to ever live, at the incredibly young age of only 9 years old. He was introduced to jazz by listening to music every day, which was typically presented to him by his mother, his uncles and grandparents. He played drums, percussion, piano and vibraphone, and sang in funk, R&B and jazz groups, including The Soul Flamingos, Fontella Bass, The Oliver Sain Band, Third Circuit & Spirit, Rainbow Glass and Expression Jazz Quintet. From the ages of 15-17, Ronnie was a member of No Commercial Potential with keyboardist Mark Friedrick, bassist Darryl Mixon and guitarist Richie Daniels. They served as the opening act for pianist/keyboardist George Duke and Canadian pop singer/songwriter Gino Vannelli. Ronnie played in clubs, concert halls, festivals and other assorted venues, including the annual Afro Day in the Park in St. Louis as a member of The St. Louis Metropolitan Jazz Quintet in the early 1980s.