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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Brazilian music in January

  1/4/17: Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to playing Brazilian music this month: first, this Sat and Sun, Jan 7/8, with Kenia at APAP (Arts Presenters Conference); and then with Susan Pereira and Sabor Brasil on Tues, Jan 17 at Cornelia Street Cafe. More info is available HERE.


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

Click on the photo to vote for Deanna's trio video!

Click on the photo to vote for Deanna’s trio video!

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 votes to advance to the final round. Click HERE to vote until Sun, Dec 11.

Earlier this fall, all of YOU helped me win the Hothouse Jazz Fans Decision Award in the piano category.

Now I’m asking for your help in a contest that will help to provide seed money for my upcoming Brazilian project, the Nossa Senhora Suite:

Until Sun, Dec 11, you can rate my trio video (from a recent Jazz at Kitano gig) HERE at 7 Virtual Jazz Club. The ratings go from 1-7 (7 being the highest), and you must log in with your email and a password to vote. The one video in our “room” with the highest “global vote” score will enter the final round for a chance to win 4000 euros (the final round will be judged by a pre-selected jury).

On Dec 12, I’ll let you know if we’ve advanced to the finals! Thank you for your support.

Click here to vote for Deanna’s trio!

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