Vintage inspired tunes primarily from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, featuring the warm dulcet tones of Debbie Briggs on vocals accompanied by guitarist, Fitzgerald Palmer, and bassist, Jeffrey Sugerman. Together, they create a nostalgic, toe tapping sound that will leave your face smiling and your heart full. Debbie Briggs Vintage Jazz shines a light on the songs from the Great American Songbook, at times peppered with influences of Blues, Americana, and the Crooner era. Booking both private and public events for 2020 and beyond. Art is needed in this world. Let's keep the music alive.
Jeffrey returned to Minneapolis from New York City in 2018. Jeff has studied privately under several accomplished bass teachers including Harvie S, Ron McClure, Adam Linz, and Cody McKinney. Currently, he's enrolled in a Bass Performance certificate program at Berklee School of Music. In addition to the Debbie Briggs Vintage Jazz Combo he performs with the indie pop band, Northern Darling, and the instrumental jazz group, Mr. 500.
Jeffrey suGerman • bass
Debbie Briggs • singer
Debbie recently returned to her roots here in the Cities after having lived in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City. She studied Musical Theatre at the exotic location of U of WI- Stevens Point. After college, Debbie performed professionally across many stages, screens, and radio waves but stepped away from performing for a time to pursue other passions. Now happily making her return to the stage in Jan of 2019 with Jazz! Debbie has always had a deep love of "old jazz standards", and all things vintage. So when she moved back to the Cities she knew that she wanted jazz to be a part of her story. Naturally, she did what any smart, well-connected entrepreneur would do... she put an ad on craigslist. From there she met her bandmates and the Debbie Briggs Vintage Jazz Combo was born!
The Debbie Briggs vintage jazz combo was Established in early 2019
Fitzgerald Palmer • guitar
Barber by day and swing dancin' guitar player by night, Fitzgerald has been another fun addition to the group and joined us in the winter of 2020. A masterful guitar player and all round good guy, we are delighted to have him aboard! He got started playing the guitar in his early youth and began playing out long before he could even legally belly up to the bar. Since then, Fitzgerald has graced many a band with his musical prowess on stages all across the Twin Cities.
Myra Burnette • guitar
Myra of "Miss Myra and the Moonshiners"is a staple in the jazz/swing community. She is a
a tremendous musical talent whom we have been fortunate to have moonlight with us at various gigs. Myra rocks the guitar, vocals, and harmonies, and has even been known to whip out her clarinet, piano, or swing dancing skills on occasion. Her talents, much like her warmth and energy are boundless!
bernie wollenberg • keys
Bernie began playing piano at 7 and in his teen years added guitar. His degree is in classic guitar from Red River College. He teaches full time private music lessons for piano, drums, and guitar.
Special guests • PIANO • drums • BASS
GEORGE MARICH • DRUMs
Beth Varela • DRUMs
Drummer with Miss Myra and the Moonshiners. Graduate of Berklee College of Music. Beth is one of the top drummers in the City!
George is a jazz composition and arranging graduate of McNally Smith and hails from Chicago, IL. We are excited to have George play with us for the first time on March 10th!
vaughn asselStine • bass
Vaughn lays down a groove for a variety of bands around town performing jazz, old-time, swing, Cajun, country and bluegrass music. She plays piano and was a rhythm tap dancer for 10 years performing with Keane Sense of Rhythm.
NATHAN BERRY • TROMBONE
Nathan Berry (not pictured) of Miss Myra and the Moonshiners is one of several talented horn players whom we have brought in for various events. In 2021 look to hear more from the very talented Nathan Berry and our growing horn section!