Full Band, Dr. Burma, walking past a bridge

Dr. Burma has been playing its unstoppable mix of classic soul, blues, funk and originals for enthusiastic audiences all over New England for twenty years. Time flies when you're having fun!

Dynamic vocals, stellar musicianship, and an irresistible groove have built their reputation as one of the area's premier rhythm & blues dance bands, playing clubs, concerts, festivals and parties throughout northern New England and New York. During that time the band has opened concerts for B.B. King, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Commander Cody, has performed with Fontella Bass, and had the honor of backing Bo Diddley on two of his tours through New England. In the spring of 2008, Dr Burma released a new CD called One Bite Won't Kill You.

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Lead vocalist Linda Boudreault has won an enthusiastic following with her unique and soulful style. Prior to joining Dr. Burma she worked in a variety of bands in Franconia and Montpelier including Clean Slate and Cake & Eat It. Linda has also performed with Dartmouth's Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble, the Vermont Jazz Ensemble, a variety of small jazz groups, and the popular zydeco group The Goat Broke Loose. Her jazz CD, Alone with You, was released in August 2001. Linda appeared at the Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington Vermont in June 2002 backed by members of Dr. Burma, and can often be seen fronting a jazz duo or trio at local restaurants and jazz clubs.

Ted Mortimer plays guitar and also sings. He spent 10 years performing and recording in Los Angeles before moving to the Upper Valley in 1987. He has performed in jazz and blues clubs in New York City with Sandra Wright, including the Five Spot and Manny's Car Wash. Ted's guitar playing is featured on Linda's jazz CD, as well as many other local and regional releases. In collaboration with other Vermont musicians he wrote and recorded the soundtrack for Nosey Parker, a film by John O'Brien (Man With a Plan). Ted is a member of the Stone Cold Roosters (www.stonecoldroosters.com), a country/rockabilly/western swing band fronted by singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Colin McCaffrey. Their 2007 CD, Out of the Woods, was named best country release of the year by the Montpelier Times-Argus. He and Linda are also members of The Goat Broke Loose, a zydeco band, which performs sporadically (schedule permitting) around the state. Members of this all star outfit include Jeremiah McLane on accordion, Colin McCaffrey on bass and vocals. Ted also has fun with his blues/rock trio, the Elmores.

Dr. Burma's keyboardist/vocalist, Doug Southworth, brings a funky New Orleans-influenced piano and organ sound to the band. He's played in many popular bands in Vermont and elsewhere, including the Michael Hurley Band, The East Bay Jazz Ensemble, and Why Be Reasonable. Doug has recorded several CD's with Tyrone Shaw, Burlington roots rocker and songwriter.

Bassist Casey Dennis adds the big bottom end to Dr. Burma's sound. He has been a fixture on the Vermont music scene for many years, performing with Roadapple, Sensible Shoes, the Michael Hurley Band, Gusano, and many others. Casey is also a member of Colin McCaffrey's Stone Cold Roosters.

Drummer Marcus Copening has toured the world with various recording artists including Messiah, Mary Wells, and the Philippine recording star Hajii. He recorded and performed in New York City with acclaimed jazz fusion guitarist Ryo Kawasaki for seven years. He conducts drum clinics throughout Vermont and has performed with Big Joe Burrell, Funky Miracle, Chris Kleeman, Picture This, the New Nile Orchestra, and many other top Vermont artists.

Dr. Burma frequently performs with a horn section. The band uses many of the best horn players in the Vermont and New Hampshire area, including members of the Vermont Jazz Ensemble and faculty members from Dartmouth College and Johnson State College.

For more information, contact Ted at drburma@drburma.com.

 

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