Ras Moshe Burnett (Theodore Burnett III) is a Jazz musician, saxophonist, poet, activist, teacher, and returning student working toward a music therapy degree in the NY area. He hails from East New York-Brooklyn NY with maternal Grandparents who hail from Harlem NY. His paternal Grandfather Ted Burnett (“Barnett” professionally), played Tenor and Alto Saxophones after his arrival from Jamaica in the early 1930s. Ras’ father, Yaakov Levi (Ted Burnett II) played Alto Sax, Flute, and Bass Clarinet in the Brooklyn/Harlem area throughout the ’70s. Ras himself studied music in the public schools, (mentored in Jazz history by Don Payne in Junior High), and with his father and grandfather, eventually playing in reggae bands in the ’80s and early ’90s, then leading his own Jazz groups since 1987. Ras is a nine year member of Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble featuring Warren Smith, Joseph Daley, Gerald Veasley, Althea SullyCole, and Lisette Santiago. Ras believes in the positive effect that Jazz and New Music can have on personal and socio-political life, and also utilizes Jazz for social movements in the Black community and human rights causes.
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