Debbie Burke

Jazz Author



Sonic Poetry in Motion with Jane Ira Bloom

Sweeping full circles with her soprano sax, Jane Ira Bloom literally places notes all around her. They hang and linger, and as they disperse, combine with the trail of new notes. Layers subside; fresh ones are lain. It’s both aural... Continue Reading →

A Fountain of Lights: Robin Phillips with Color and Shine

They say energy is neither created nor destroyed. These people never saw Robin Phillips perform. The creation of a tornado’s worth of musical force is one of the natural wonders of the scene, a treat to all who are lucky... Continue Reading →

Elastic Adventures with Carlos Saunier

You’re galloping out of the gate from the get-go with “Inminente,” an exuberant romp led by the tenor sax who counterpoints with Carlos Saunier’s guitar. The song is from Carlos’ latest CD release of the same name. “Tocino,” also on... Continue Reading →

Sipping the Smooth, Cool Mojito with Iceman LT

Smooth jazz radio host Iceman LT (Lee Thomas) brings a well-rounded history to the internet with Mojito Jazz. Inspired by his love for all sub-genres (lounge, acid, nu, Latin, funk, fusion, West Coast Cool and there’s more), Iceman has an... Continue Reading →

Torches Please – Mimi Hart Sets it on Fire

Deep, operatic and reminiscent of the early smoky jazz clubs, Mimi Hart launches “My Funny Valentine” with the dark and minor Shakespearean intro not often heard. Relaxing into the relief of a major key, she adds tumbling piano riffs followed... Continue Reading →

Sail On with the Groove – Words of Jazz from Patrick Yandall

Lots of airplay for guitarist Patrick Yandall’s “A Journey Home,” which starts out with an assertive striking of block chords then it’s all smooth sailing from there. Bright horns, funky/bluesy organ and more blues from the guitar, followed by a... Continue Reading →

A Nod to Home: Greece and Turkey Seep Into Jazz with the Thrilling New Band “Yiasena”

Edgy minor modes and fun percussion riffs plus Greco-Turkish strains in the chameleon-like tune “Tamara Deli Horon” are the kinds of interesting nugget-bites you will find with the quintet called Yiasena. A mixed bag for sure. More serene, “Gianni Mou... Continue Reading →

Celebrating the Message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Musician Jason Vitelli

Two paths, one man: Jason Vitelli wails on alto sax in the jazzy Emanuele Tozzi Trio, and is a singer/songwriter/guitarist immersed in an emotive genre he calls “cinematic rock.” Jason’s newest CD, “Head Above Tide,” is a collection of tone... Continue Reading →

Swoop, Slide, Swing and Stride with Mark McGrain

Like a physician discussing anatomy, trombonist Mark McGrain knows every sinew, muscle and fiber of his instrument. Like a lover, he knows how to coax its precious – and brash, kick-ass – qualities. The result is an emotional, muscle-memory mélange... Continue Reading →

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