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Debbie Burke

Jazz Author

The Very Thought of 50-Plus Years of Jazz: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The full and engaging sound of an iconic musical skyscraper like the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (once the Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra) is alive and well, winning new fans to the genre while reminding audiences everywhere how timelessly hip... Continue Reading →

Passages, Tight Corners and a Sweet Resolution with Nick Rosario

Jazz as a way to work through your issues has produced creative results for trombonist/composer Nick Rosario. He just released “The Uncertain Suite” which is a musical summary of his very personal sense of self-doubt followed finally by acceptance and... Continue Reading →

Freshen Up with “Outside In” by Alex Hitchcock, with Cherise Adams-Burnett

  Coming in November: a new CD by tenor and front man Alex Hitchcock that features the stunning, lilting vocals of Cherise Adams-Burnett. Called “Outside In,” the tracks are marvelously produced with a richness rivaling your favorite tiramisu. Bringing in... Continue Reading →

“ZIGSAW” PART 2 – Steve Lampert on the Company of Friends

When you have a friend who devotes a CD to you, honoring your contribution to music, that’s respect and admiration. When that person asks you to compose something for the CD, that’s an awesome gesture. So it is with the... Continue Reading →

Enchantment Attained in First CD by Nick Grondin Group

A faculty recording grant at Berklee College of Music was the impetus for an album that jazz artist Nick Grondin says has been a decade in the making. Called “A View of Earth,” it’s the debut CD of the Nick... Continue Reading →

A True Leader Lets the Light In: Ariel Glassman Big Band

Taking a page from big band’s heyday and running full throttle with it takes courage and strength. Both are apparent when listening to Ms. Ariel Glassman’s Big Band, whose full, soaring sound immediately tells the listener that he or she... Continue Reading →

Package Full of Sun: “Keep Movin’” from James Martin

Which comes out on top: James Martin’s vocals or his presence on the tenor sax? Hard to say, because on his latest offering “Keep Movin’” he can slot himself in with any musical POV and create jazz with an immersive... Continue Reading →

Homage to a Friend: Noah Preminger Tips His Hat to Composer Steve Lampert PART 1 of 2

The new release on October 4 of “Zigsaw: Music of Steve Lampert” is the 14th album by tenor sax player Noah Preminger (pictured above) but the first wholly devoted to and inspired by his friend, composer and trumpet player Steve... Continue Reading →

Sammy Stein Grabs the Mic with the New Book WOMEN IN JAZZ

The upcoming book release of Women in Jazz: The Women, The Legends & Their Fight by author Sammy Stein is a musical melange of the struggles and triumphs of iconic jazz masters as well as the lesser-known women in this... Continue Reading →

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