Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns

New trio album featuring 14 of Deanna’s jazz hymn arrangements. Buy the album HERE. Corresponding sheet music (as a full e-book or as individual scores) is available HERE.

All six of Deanna’s recordings are available for purchase via her Bandcamp page HERE.

Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin
From This Place
Length of Days
Wide Open Window
Having to Ask

Raindrop: Improvisations With Chopin (2014)

Solo piano that blurs the lines between classical, Brazilian, and jazz.
Read the liner notes by Neil Tesser here.

I promise that your library doesn’t own another jazz or classical album anything like this, and it needs to own this one. -Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist

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From This Place (2009)

Deanna’s liturgical jazz album as featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday (hear the NPR interview along with two full tracks here). With Donny McCaslin, John Patitucci, Scott Latzky, Laila Biali, Peter Eldridge, and Kate McGarry.

Witkowski has combined The Spirituality of the Soul and Heart with The Spirituality of Jazz…she continues the work of Mary Lou Williams. This music is ‘healing to the Soul’. -the late Rev. Peter F. O’Brien, SJ, Executive Director of The Mary Lou Williams Foundation

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Length of Days (2006)

Deanna’s 2006 release on ArtistShare. With Donny McCaslin, Dave Ambrosio, and Vince Cherico.

Witkowski’s sheer musicality is abundantly evident, from a well-developed sense of line and harmony in composition, to the airily individual takes on standards like “Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo,” “In the Still of the Night” and “I’m Beginning to See the Light.”
-Ray Comiskey, Irish Times 

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Wide Open Window (2003)

Deanna’s second recording in 2003 was released on the heels of her win at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and led to an appearance on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz and on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. With Donny McCaslin, Jonathan Paul, and Tom Hipskind.

Wide Open Window will refuse to allow you to file it away and forget about. It’s too different and too vital. Bravo, Ms. Witkowski.  -Ken Egbert, Jazz Now 

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Having to Ask (2000)

Originally released on Deanna’s Tilapia Records in 1999 and re-released in 2000 on JazzLine Records. The limited edition disc comes in the original Tilapia Records packaging. With Jim Gailloreto, Jonathan Paul, Rob Amster, Tom Hipskind, and Jose Gregorio.

Deanna’s spirit- and her spirituality – come through on this consummate debut album, and that spirit is astonishing.  -Don Glasgo, Jazz Improv

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Deanna also appears on the following recordings:

Idan Santhaus Jazz OrchestraThere You Are (Posi-Tone)
Sound AssemblyEdge of the Mind (Beauport Jazz)
Joseph C. Phillips’ NuminousVipassana (Innova)
D.C. AndersonClose Companions (LML Music)
Billy FoxThe Uncle Wiggly Suite (Clean Feed)
James FinnGreat Spirit (Not Two)