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Bob Burns was born in Toronto, Canada in 1923 and died in 2000. He played alto and tenor saxes. He came to the UK during World War II with the Canadian Central Air Force Band and gigged with various bands including that of Denis Rose in 1945. He had a brief spell with Ted Heath during 1948-'49 and Jack Parnell in the early 1950s and worked with Parnell's ATV Orchestra for many years. In the 1970s he continued to play regularly in jazz clubs, sometimes with his own small groups and also co-led a quintet with Kathy Stobart. In the late 1980s he returned to Canada.
He recorded in the late 1940s with the Ralph Sharon Bobtet and the Ted Heath Orchestra and in the mid 1950s with groups led by George Chisholm, Kenny Baker, Jack Parnell and Tony Crombie.