Debbie Burke

Jazz Author


May 2019

Joe Policastro Trio Mixes Covers and Originals with Attitude: “Nothing Here Belongs”

Loving those mid-range tones from guitar and high-hat highs in the track “No Idea” from the Joe Policastro Trio; but there’s also something refreshing in bassist Policastro’s prominent, melodic noodlings that gives the upright a much-deserved seat at the table.... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Tips for Playing Jazz on Piano and Keys

Jazz embraces everything a piano has to offer. It combines interesting chord harmonies, rhythms, and allows total creative freedom. While this might sound liberating, it can be overwhelming especially if you are just starting out. Fortunately, if you are really... Continue Reading →

“Imperfect Solo” by Steven Boykey Sidley Worthy of a Standing Ovation

Meyer (we only learn his first name deeper into the book) is filled with dread…and jazz. A modern, midlife anti-hero who has a complicated, messed-up family situation, Meyer (a divorced alto sax musician) grapples with the meaning of life while... Continue Reading →

To New Orbits with Saucy Lady – “SUPANOVA”

The funk sizzles out of the stratosphere with Noe Carmichael, AKA Saucy Lady. Her latest LP SUPANOVA mashes funk, hip hop, nu disco and more, bending genres into high-octane dance beats while keeping a jazz backbone. The title track “Supanova”... Continue Reading →

“Cristo Redentor” and How I Dug Deep Thanks to Donald Byrd

There are many versions of this song but Byrd's is, I think, the benchmark. From his assertive entrance to a wide and sweet sostenuto; from the soaring, spaghetti Western vocals to the shimmering keys - this song puts me in... Continue Reading →

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