Former Business Journal Editor Pens Book on Jazz In The Pocono Mountains, PA
(Published: December 26, 2011)
Debbie Burke, the former editor of the Pocono Business Journal of northeast Pennsylvania, has just published a book about the jazz culture of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, called The Poconos In B Flat. The Poconos is home to not one, but two, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters [saxophonists Phil Woods and David Liebman]; and Bob Dorough, acclaimed creator of Schoolhouse Rock! Through personal interviews with numerous musicians in the region, Burke paints a picture of a warm and welcoming jazz community that in essence got its start in the 1950s and 1960s, when resort musicians hurried over to the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap for after-hours jazz jams. The book features interviews of Woods, Liebman, Dorough, plus Nancy and Spencer Reed, Jay Rattman, "Sweet" Sue Terry, Johnny Coates Jr., Golden Age of TV and radio band master Fred Waring and countless others.
"When I moved to the Pocono Mountains from New York City in 1997, I had no idea I would be studying sax in the midst of some of the great jazz legends of our time. I enjoyed the opportunity to interview many of these brilliant and interesting artists," says Burke. "I couldn't have done it without their direct input and support." The book's cover has a painting of swing singer Maxine Sullivan by Pocono-based artist and poet Ka-Son Reeves.
The author plays alto sax in several local community bands. She has written hundreds of articles and columns on music, parenting and current events, and served as editor of Pocono Business Journal. This is her first book.
The Poconos in B Flat is available on Amazon.com and BN.com, as well as through the publisher, Xlibris. For more information visit www.poconosinbflat.com or the Facebook fan page for "Poconos in B Flat."
More Information: http://www.poconosinbflat.com
Poconos in B Flat