Author Archives: Deanna

The City Where Jazz is Love: Pittsburgh and Mary Lou Williams

Tomorrow will mark three weeks since my arrival in Pittsburgh. I initially came here for an engagement with my New York City trio; I chose to stay here for two months because of Mary Lou Williams and the musicians who … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Mary Lou Williams

This week NPR is shining a light on pianist-composer Mary Lou Williams in their Turning the Tables series (here’s one great article by Natalie Weiner on how Williams’s arranging work shaped the sound of the big band era). I’m knee deep in my … Continue reading

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When Joy Overflows into Music

I’m back home in New York City after a couple of whirlwind weeks in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Philadelphia. A few photo highlights: On June 22, photographer Urban Landreman took this shot of me performing with Nnenna Freelon, Chris Berger … Continue reading

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Mary Lou Williams Video and Deanna’s June dates in Pittsburgh

Here’s new video from Jazz Congress 2019, where I gave a six-minute pitch on my 2021 book/concert tour, Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul. I’ve been working steadily on my Mary Lou Williams biography (of the same title) to be … Continue reading

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New Video! Deanna plays with Vanessa Rubin on WBGO’s Singers Unlimited

Last week I played with vocalist Vanessa Rubin on two radio tapings for Sirius XM’s Real Jazz and WBGO’s Singers Unlimited. The WBGO broadcast airs on Sunday, May 19 from noon-1 pm.  Hear it live or archived after the fact here … Continue reading

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