About Debbie Denke

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:


Peace Prayer

Peace Prayer by Debbie DenkeMy album Peace Prayer contains calming hymns & originals with a hint of jazz. May it help bring you Peace this Season! (And hope for a Happy 2018.)
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It’s All About You!

16 Piano Jazz & Standard Tunes specially selected (out of 800 songs) that contain “You” in their titles. More than just a joyous listening experience, Debbie Denke’s album is also a party game & contest!
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The Complete Church Pianist

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.

Complete Church Pianist Companion AudioThe Complete Church Pianist Essential Companion Audio Album

Contains 41 tracks for demonstration and full band play-along practice! Listen and practice while you read the book. Album is available for digital download for only $5 here.

The Complete Church Pianist CD

The Complete Church Pianist CDFollow 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

Amazing PhrasingAmazing 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!

The Aspiring Jazz Pianist

The Aspiring Jazz PianistThe Aspiring Jazz Pianist is a step-by-step improvisation course for the student who is serious about having fun! It covers building triads through four note chords, includes useful arranging devices for the piano such as the broken 10th, swing bass, boogie-woogie, ballad style, blues ideas, and more!


It’s All About YOU! Blog post

Read about Debbie Denke’s latest solo piano album, It’s All About YOU! here.


3 Replies to “About Debbie Denke”

  1. Am a close friend of Peg and Jim Fallon I live in Santa Barbara. Would you consider coming to my retirement community and give a piano recital on our gorgeous grand piano? Caren Adelman. 310 9485858

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