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Debbie Burke

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Interviewing Helen – Author of “The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan” Pulls Back the Curtain

To consider jazz in a political and sociological light – even the history behind the term “jazz” itself (debatably pejorative) – is, to some, the only true context of the art form. It is at least one way to regard... Continue Reading →

A Panoply of Perspectives from Guitarist Jean Chaumont

With his new CD “The Beauty of Differences,” guitarist and front man Jean Chaumont has created something that fits his philosophy of using different lenses through which to experience and create music. Eschewing the concept of declaring a “favorite” this... Continue Reading →

A Lilt, a Bounce and the Smooth Simplicity of Nicole Zuraitis

Nicole Zuraitis caresses notes, bends them to blue, and keeps it gauzy and breathable: this is the new CD “Hive Mind” by the New York City songwriter-pianist. Her syncopation sizzles in “The Inscription” and the keys burn up while getting... Continue Reading →

All the Notes You Are – Seeking the “Quantum Truth” with DK Anderson

Funkin’ up T. Monk’s “Epistrophy” righteously, tenor sax player DK Anderson digs in deep and comes up with some shockingly fresh angles. It’s one of the tracks on his new CD “Quantum Truth,” an inventive collection of songs played on... Continue Reading →

The Nuanced Drummer – Love as Explored by Reggie Quinerly

In a very meta love song called "Words to Love," feathery, sweet vocals are punctuated coolly, in refreshing places, by the innovative drummer Reggie Quinerly. His new CD, also titled “Words To Love,” is full of deep, memorable melodies drenched... Continue Reading →

Speckles, Sparkles and Movement: Chris Pasin’s New CD, “Ornettiquette”

Trumpet player Chris Pasin reaches into the kernel of it all with simplicity. In his relationship with the horn, he shows respect and expressiveness using bold lines, spare phrasing and clear messages. Inspired by the longtime collaborations that paired the... Continue Reading →

Loving Where You Live Starts With A Song: The Uplifting Voice of Monika Wall

Light, bright and fun – to start, anyway – Monika Wall’s song “One Step” soon veers into a tough and hearty blues. Coming from her new CD “One Step/Earth,” this song serves as a jazzy call to action; now, more... Continue Reading →

Smooth Emergence – New Artist Nelson Lee Found the Sound

Some people start testing the musical waters with social media, posting song snippets against a back beat from YouTube. Once in a while it’s surprisingly natural and seems destined to develop into something true. One to watch and listen for... Continue Reading →

Hard Bop News from Michael Lauren’s All Stars

In the blog's second visit with Michael Lauren, he talks about his newest CD, a collaborative effort in both performance and composition: “Old School/Fresh Jazz." The high-spirited “Lisboa Boogaloo” delivers unadulterated fun; no fuss, no muss, just joy. “More Soul”... Continue Reading →

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