Debbie Burke

Jazz Author


April 2018

Strike a Match: Lauren Henderson’s Flame Grows Bright

Surrounding herself with extraordinary musicians, Lauren Henderson brings on the heat with fierce vocals and communicates a sense of longing for somebody we love. With a brand new amazing CD called “Armame” and an even newer one about to be... Continue Reading →

Transported by a Trumpet – The Dulcet Tones of Roger Barbour

The Roger Barbour Quartet swings as cool as ice on “Misty” in an outdoor concert in Pittsburgh, PA. And in quintet formation, he uses delicacy and sweet tones to launch into Turrentine’s “Sugar.” Though Barbour, a trumpet and flugelhorn player,... Continue Reading →

The Unfurling of Melodies – Stefano Travaglini’s New Improv CD “Ellipse”

A one-man recording has to be darn near excellent to stand on its own, particularly when it comes to jazz piano. Stefano Travaglini absolutely delivers with his new CD “Ellipse.” The track “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise” takes wide... Continue Reading →

A Lilt and a Lift- Inspiring Music by Rebecca Angel

Enhanced by a velvety minor key, “Winter Moon” has an airy coolness that singer Rebecca Angel serves up on a silver platter. She’s accompanied by a subtly funky organ and backed with a moody, moving percussion. The track appears on... Continue Reading →

“Sweet Sounds Downtown” Will Have Added Shine With Flute Master Ali Ryerson

A snazzy and passionate flute player who performs in the Westfield, NJ Sweet Sounds Downtown event, Ali Ryerson is an author (Jazz Flute Practice Method Book), contributing writer (Flute Talk and DownBeat), educator (an annual, week-long master class at Hidden... Continue Reading →

The Beat Drives the Thing – Jeff Williams’s New CD “Lifelike” A Sonic Celebration

There’s a lot happening in “Dream Visitor,” a song from the upcoming CD called “Lifelike” by Jeff Williams. Assertive statements from trumpet, then sax, play over complex multi-rhythms from Williams on drums. Though not melodically prominent, there’s a theme that’s... Continue Reading →

A Rare Bird of a Voice: Joy Ellis

A sax man with a mission is the subject under scrutiny in Joy Ellis’s “The Jazzman” from her CD “Life on Land.” Ellis attacks the song with intensity and authenticity. It is a contemporary tale of the struggles of making... Continue Reading →

The Crescendo is Building with the 2018 Hudson Valley Jazz Festival

The jazz festival in and around Warwick, in upstate New York, is once again picking up steam. Entering its ninth year, the event was founded by Steve Rubin (who’s also a drummer) as a community labor of love. The jazz... Continue Reading →

Feel-good Enzymes Flow From Jeff Shirley’s “Point of the Story”

In his new CD “Point of the Story,” Kansas City guitarist Jeff Shirley says that storyline is up for interpretation. But he helps the listener get there with a mellow groove, tunes that reach the back of your brain and... Continue Reading →

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