Unlike keyboardist Reginald “Sonny” Burke, who performed contemporary jazz with Stanley Turrentine, Dizzy Gillespie and John Useful, this Burke was an accomplished big band arranger. He analyzed violin and piano as a kid, after that played in a variety of bands while their studies at Duke in the past due ’30s. After shifting to NY in 1938, Burke assumed management of Sam Donahue’s music group and made many recordings. He published plans for the rings of Charlie Spivak and Jimmy Dorsey within the ’40s, after that from the past due ’40s in to the ’70s he aimed recording classes for Decca, Reprise, Warner Bros. and his personal organization, Daybreak. His orchestra followed such music artists as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and he continued to be energetic as an arranger.