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Debbie Burke grew up in Brooklyn. She was raised on classical music but fell in love with jazz the first time she heard John Coltrane’s soulful rendition of “Once in a While.” In her early 20’s, she studied alto saxophone at The New School for Social Research in New York City. After meeting her husband and raising a family, Debbie returned to music and for many years played in a jazz band. When she moved to northeastern Pennsylvania she was excited to find a thriving jazz community. This became the inspiration for her first book, The Poconos in B Flat.

In between rehearsals and concerts, Debbie has built a career in communications. She has worked in print production, advertising, marketing, the news media and magazine publishing. She has written hundreds of columns and articles, and was the editor of an award-winning business journal. She is currently the editor of a regional lifestyle publication in Northeast PA.

Her second book, Glissando: A Story of Love, Lust and Jazz (Waldorf Publishing), will be released in July 2018. She is now working on her next book, a mystery about jazz in the American South at the turn of last century. She writes for the music education website Jamey Aebersold Jazz at

Debbie is available for media interviews on jazz, writing fiction and non-fiction, and book publishing. Contact info follows:


Twitter: @jazzauthor

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Amazon author page: debbieburke_jazzauthor


Photo: William Cohea Photography