Yeah, that’s me; first chair of the second violins in junior high.
I grew up in Brooklyn; raised on classical music but fell in love with jazz the first time I heard Coltrane’s soulful rendition of “Once in a While.” In my early 20’s, I studied alto saxophone at The New School for Social Research in New York City.
After meeting my husband and raising a family, I returned to music and for many years played in a jazz band. When I moved to northeastern Pennsylvania, I was thrilled to find a thriving jazz community. This became the inspiration for my first book, The Poconos in B Flat.
In between rehearsals and concerts, I’ve built a career in communications: print production, advertising, marketing, the news media and magazine publishing. I’ve written hundreds of columns and articles, and was the editor of an award-winning business journal. Currently I’m the editor of a regional lifestyle publication in northeast PA.
I contribute to the following websites and blogs: Jamey Aebersold Jazz at jazzbooks.com; a column on college jazz programs around the U.S. at AllAboutJazz.com; and a column on New York jazz artists for MadeInNYJazzCompetition.com.
My second book, Glissando: A Story of Love, Lust and Jazz (Waldorf Publishing), will be released in July 2018. I’m also working on a mystery about jazz in the American South at the turn of last century.
AND A NEW PROJECT: I am co-authoring a book about the economic resurgence of an urban center that will be out in Spring 2018 (Waldorf Publishing). Stay tuned for updates!
I’m available for media interviews on jazz, writing fiction and non-fiction, and book publishing. Contact info follows below.
Thanks and stay jazzy!
Amazon author page: debbieburke_jazzauthor