HYMN TUNE HISTORY: LASST UNS ERFREUEN (All Creatures of Our God and King)

Here’s the third installment in my hymn history co-blog with author and activist, Pam McAllister.  We’re exploring the history of each of the hymns on Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns. Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns by Deanna Witkowski … Continue reading

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Love Came Down: Three Bonus Singles

When my trio recorded our new album, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns, we also recorded 11- yes, 11- additional tracks. I’ve just released three of them- two with guest vocalist Sarah Kervin- on a new “EP”: Love Came … Continue reading

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Hymn tune history: CWM RHONDDA (with co-blogger Pam McAllister)

Here’s the second installment in my hymn history co-blog with author and activist, Pam McAllister.  Pam and I are exploring the background of each of the hymns on my new recording, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns. Makes the … Continue reading

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Hymn tune history: HYFRYDOL (with co-blogger Pam McAllister)

After recording all of the jazz hymn arrangements on Makes the Heart to Sing, I knew that I wanted to spend some time learning a bit about the history of each hymn tune. I immediately thought of my friend, author … Continue reading

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Hearing others sing my music (and winning composition contests)

This morning I found out that my song, “We Belong to God,” won The Hymn Society’s contest calling for new settings of Psalm 100. I’ve written about thirty psalm settings, and this one is one of my favorites (there are … Continue reading

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New album cover unveiled! Pre-orders still on! Gigs in NY, OH, and MN!

I’m happy to be writing while looking out at trees in my mom’s backyard in upstate New York. There are so many logistics with the new album- and with upcoming tours and performances- that I am grateful for the opportunity … Continue reading

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Pre-order Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns until June 15 (and watch a new video)!

My upcoming album, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns, is a little different than my earlier releases. It’s meant to be both an instrumental jazz trio record as well as a tool for church musicians who want to infuse new life … Continue reading

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PREVIEW DEANNA’S JAZZ HYMNS RECORDING!

On March 9 and 10, my trio (Daniel Foose and Scott Latzky) laid down 24 tracks at Bunker Studio in Brooklyn. 14 of the tunes are instrumental- mainly arrangements of 17th and 18th century hymn tunes- and 9 additional originals … Continue reading

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Deanna receives a Sacatar Institute Fellowship!

February news: I’ve received a residency fellowship from the Sacatar Institute in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil! I’ll be spending two months at Sacatar (dates TBA) to work on my new Brazilian project, the Nossa Senhora Suite. Nossa Senhora Suite merges Afro-Brazilian … Continue reading

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Until Dec 11: Vote for Deanna’s trio to advance to the finals at 7 Virtual Jazz Club!

UPDATE (12/31/16): We didn’t make it to the finals, but very much appreciated your support. It was great to reconnect with many of you! Thanks to your votes, WE MADE IT TO THE SEMIFINAL ROUND! We now need your new … Continue reading

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