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Debbie Burke

Author of the upcoming "GLISSANDO: A Story of Love, Lust and Jazz" coming July 2018. Jazz blogger, magazine editor, and student of the alto sax

About Me

Debbie Burke grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She was raised on classical music but fell in love with jazz the first time she heard John Coltrane’s soulful rendition of “Once in a While.” In her early 20’s, she studied alto saxophone at The New School for Social Research in New York City. After meeting her husband and raising a family, Debbie returned to music and for many years played in a jazz band. When she moved to northeastern Pennsylvania she was excited to find a thriving jazz community. This became the inspiration for her first book, The Poconos in B Flat. In between rehearsals and concerts, Debbie has built a career in communications. She has worked in print production, advertising, marketing, the news media and magazine publishing. She has written hundreds of columns and articles, and was the editor of an award-winning business journal. She is currently the editor of a regional lifestyle publication in Northeast PA. Her second book, Glissando: A Story of Love, Lust and Jazz (Waldorf Publishing), will be released in July 2018. She is now working on her next book, a mystery about jazz in the American South at the turn of last century. She writes for the music education website Jamey Aebersold Jazz at jazzbooks.com. And! Her jazz blog, full of cool Q&As, is her main passion: www.debbieburkeauthor.com.

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because... all the feels. :) I was first exposed to jazz hearing Coltrane's "Once in a While" on NYC's WQXR-FM. I've met quite a few! Phil Woods, David Liebman, Bob Dorough, Spencer & Nancy Reed, Edward Ellington II and so many more! The best show I ever attended was David Brubeck at the Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts. The first jazz record I bought was Maxine Sullivan with the Scott Hamilton Quintet.