Author Archives: Deanna

Glistening Lily: A Resurrected Choral Work

As a pianist, I’ve entered a fair share of music competitions. Some were in junior high and high school, on both piano and flute; some were college auditions. Some were professional: in 2002, I won the Great American Jazz Piano … Continue reading

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Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz from 2003: Birthday memories

My birthday is coming up on March 20. It’s a date that I share with other piano luminaries including Harold Mabern, Larry Harlow, and Marian McPartland. In 2003, I recorded a Piano Jazz episode with Marian that occurred just days before … Continue reading

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Collaborating with playwrights at New Dramatists’ Composer-Librettist Studio

Tomorrow is my final day of immersion in the world of music-theater at New Dramatists, a New York institution that offers many practical resources to emerging playwrights. 2015 marks the thirtieth year that New Dramatists has offered a Composer-Librettist Studio … Continue reading

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The Story Behind Raindrop- Part 2

Here is part two of a recent interview on Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin with Jeff Tamarkin, associate editor of JazzTimes. To read part one, click here. JT:  The other factor here is Brazilian music. What is the relationship between Chopin and … Continue reading

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Great review of Raindrop in Rochester City Newspaper

Just in: this great review of Raindrop from Rochester City Newspaper’s Ron Netsky. See the original review here. ALBUM REVIEW: Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin By Ron Netsky If ever there was an album that transcends genres, it’s Deanna Witkowski’s gorgeous new … Continue reading

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