Yeah, that’s me; first chair of the second violins in junior high.
I grew up in Brooklyn. I was raised on classical music but fell in love with jazz the first time I heard Coltrane’s soulful “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, magazine publishing and all the way up to director of editorial for a small book publisher. I’ve written hundreds of columns and articles, and was the editor of an award-winning business journal as well as of a regional lifestyle publication.
MY DEBUT NOVEL: Glissando: A Story of Love, Lust and Jazz (Waldorf Publishing) is now available through Amazon, B&N, Waldorf and many other online sellers. At the wholesale level, GLISSANDO is available through the distributors Ingram and Baker & Taylor.
MY NEWEST RELEASE: TASTY JAZZ JAMS for Our Times (Amazon KDP) is a compilation of over 40 personal Q&A-style interviews with household-name jazz personalities like Christian McBride and Jane Ira Bloom as well as indie and emerging artists around the world.
WORKS IN PROGRESS: Hoping for release in Winter 2020 is my next novel about intellectual property and the music business as seen through the eyes of a highly ambitious bassist. I am also working on Tasty Jazz Jams for Our Times, Vol. 2.
I have also co-authored a book about the economic resurgence of a Midwest urban center with a commercial real estate developer. This project is currently on hold.
I’m available for media interviews on jazz, music promotion and building an author platform. Contact info follows below.
Thanks and stay jazzy!
Amazon author page: debbieburke_jazzauthor