Trombonist James Burton III was mentored by Jackie McLean and Curtis Fuller and has performed and recorded with artists including Illinois Jacquet, Gerald Wilson, James Moody, Frank Wess, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers, and Christian McBride. Hw has also performed with the Ray Charles Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and Roy Hargrove Big Band. At Juilliard, Burton received Morse and Gluck fellowships and was awarded the William Schuman Prize in 2009. He was previously the director of jazz studies at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. He graduated summa cum laude from the Hartt School and received his MM degree and Artist Diploma from Juilliard. He has been a member of the school’s faculty since 2011.