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Debbie Burke

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December 2018

Angels We Have Heard In Jazz – Christmas Joy from Carol Nethen

A silky, laid-back “Silent Night” and a sky-bluesy “I Saw Three Ships” render the Christmas jazz genre in a whole new pastel-colored light thanks to the glowing arrangements of pianist/composer Carol Nethen on her CD “Christmas Carol.” West’s original track,... Continue Reading →

Strings on Fire – Scott Tixier

The “Cosmic Adventure” that violinist Scott Tixier offers us on his newest CD hits right between the eyes with the artist’s versatility, grace and lack of inhibition. He infuses more than emotions, more than feelings, and employs incredible ease in... Continue Reading →

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 →

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