Search

Debbie Burke

Jazz Author

Category

Uncategorized

Nikolai Teich Embraces the Language of American Jazz and Gives Something Back in Return

With sensitivity and poise, Nikolai Teich (originally from Austria and Bulgaria) shapes and releases his moods through the piano. Snippets of coloration from his roots leak through, employing minor keys with micro/halftone flourishes to evoke primeval folk dances; but just... Continue Reading →

Giving Voice to Seraphim – Pianist Silvio Caroli

Silvio Caroli is a pianist and teacher of jazz, and while his students might enjoy his accessibility and wonderful personality, they are extraordinarily fortunate to be learning music from one of the best. Caroli’s intense lyricism, fully absorbed pacing and... Continue Reading →

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 →

From the Bench: Edward Simon Minds his Keystrokes

Pianist Edward Simon has been with the SFJAZZ Collective for almost ten years. He’s contributed original compositions to their playlist, and speaks excitedly about playing the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Miles in the current performance season. Simon (who... Continue Reading →

Reaching into the Soul with Jazz Fingertips: Ratko Zjaca

The rhythms scatter like light coming through holes in glass and the sax’s assertive melodic line sets a heart-quickening story to music. This is “Mind Your Step,” a track on Ratko Zjaca’s CD called “Life on Earth.” Texture and continuity... Continue Reading →

Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑