About Debbie Denke

Debbie Denke in concert


Professional jazz pianist, author of several instructional and practical books + CDs for jazz/church/various styles of keyboard improvisation. Debbie Denke is a classically trained pianist with a passion for jazz improvisation and a dedicated teacher. She performs as a soloist and ensemble player for private parties, as a vocal accompanist for jazz singers, gospel choirs, is additionally a vocalist, multi denominational church, and wedding pianist. Debbie is married to musician Robert Kim Collins (jazz bassist, singer, multi-instrumentalist, voice artist) and together they have two daughters who keep very busy with dance, music, professional and scholastic endeavors from California to South Korea.

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Debbie Denke has written several books with companion CDs specializing in piano improvisation for various styles which are very fun and practical for the music teacher, classroom piano lab, or private student. Follow the link below to find out more:


The easiest is The Complete Church Pianist with basic chords and simple improvisation ideas, plus tips on how to arrange traditional hymns, stretch out offertory music, be in a praise band, read from lyric & chord symbols, play weddings, memorials, and much more.

The Complete Church Pianist Text

Follow this link below to preview the 41 track MP3 album on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-complete-church-pianist/id555085975


Amazing Phrasing – Keyboard  has 50 quick ideas on improvisation of various styles, divided into 3 sections: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm. Play along with the 44 track full band CD!


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The Aspiring Jazz Pianist


Read about Debbie Denke’s latest solo piano album, It’s All About YOU! here at wordpress under the blog by the same name – 16 Jazz Piano & Standard Tunes with “YOU” in the title! 

3 Replies to “About Debbie Denke”

  1. HI, Deb – Let me just say that I have learned so much from you – have always enjoyed your great talent – and having experienced your patience in teaching and your talent in performing, your musical ability as always astonished me. You are truly a gift to those who know you – both as a person and as a truly humble – but so deeply talented musician. I am blessed to have known you for so many years, and invite others to get to know you, too.

  2. Her music is beautiful ! My son truly enjoyed her book Piano Improvisations with the CD! After a lot of money on piano lessons, this was well worth the investment for the motivation and creativity it inspired

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