The Bone People

Jazz-poet Debra Marquart and her collaborators, Peter Manesis and Anthony Stevens, fuse elements of rock, jazz, and rhythm & blues with poetry and storytelling. The group performs in coffeehouses, bookstores, libraries, colleges and high schools across the country.

In live performances, The Bone People move from storytelling to poetry to song, drawing connections between different genres and art forms. Since the group’s inception in 1992, The Bone People have worked to create a sound that blends the lyricism of poetry with the power of acoustic and electric music—to find that small sliver of a world where the two can co-exist without either one being compromised. 

The Bone People are prolific songwriters. They have released two compact discs: A Regular Dervish (spoken-word, jazz poetry), and Orange Parade (acoustic rock).

Band Members & Instrumentation

Debra Marquart: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Peter Manesis: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, and Violin
Anthony Stevens: Congas, Bongos, Djembe, Durbaki, Udu, Tablas, and other percussion.



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