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 into classic hymn tunes. How is this possible?  Watch the brand new video to find out (it even includes sheet music clips)!


Until June 15, you can pre-order Makes the Heart to Sing for the special price of $8, or the recording and corresponding sheet music book for $20 (after June 15, the album will be $10; the album/book combo, $25). Pre-order HERE!

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Click to preview four tracks from 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 feature guest vocalist Sarah Kervin. I’ll be releasing an online only album of the instrumental tracks this summer, along with a corresponding sheet music book.

Until June 15, you can hear clips from four tracks and place a pre-order for the 14-track jazz hymns recording for $8 HERE at BANDCAMP.  For $20, you can pre-order the recording and a corresponding sheet music e-book including 13 fully notated piano parts and lead sheets (see a sample HERE, or view an excerpt from Deanna’s 2009 songbook, From This Place, HERE, for a sense of what to expect).

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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: Traditional Afro-Brazilian expressions of the Virgin Mary merge with new music for jazz quartet plus voices. Click on the photo for the NYFA project page.

Nossa Senhora Suite merges Afro-Brazilian expressions of the Virgin Mary with jazz composition, culminating in public performances and a new album featuring my jazz quartet plus voices. Each movement will explore a different Brazilian manifestation of Mary, including Nossa Senhora Aparecida, patron saint of Brazil, and Iemanjá, goddess of the seas. NSS will combine regional rhythms, melodic lines, or songs associated with Mary with newly composed music for my instrumental jazz quartet: soprano/tenor sax, piano, bass and drums; auxiliary percussion; and four vocalists.

Nossa Senhora Suite is a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fiscally sponsored project. Click here for the project timeline as well as on how you can make a tax deductible contribution.

Photo credit: Jason Gardner Photography

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