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Deanna’s jazz hymns article in the September issue of Down Beat!

My article, “Making Hearts and Voices Sing: Creating Jazz Hymns,” is now out in the September issue of Down Beat (it’s on pages 82-84). Complete with notated music examples, it offers practical tools on where to start in creating jazz arrangements of … Continue reading

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Back from Brazil! Photos from the Santuário Nacional de Nossa Senhora Aparecida

I returned from my artist residency in Brazil on June 11. Since then, I’ve been going through photos, reading my “morning pages” (daily journal entries), and delving into books that I bought during my stay, like this great one on the story … Continue reading

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Deanna no Brasil (Deanna in Brazil): Part 2 of 3.

Bom dia (good morning)! This is my second post from Bahia, Brazil, where I’ve been living since the beginning of April. I have one week left in my residency at the Sacatar Institute on the island of Itaparica, followed  by … Continue reading

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Deanna no Brasil: The first three weeks!

Greetings from Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil!  As I write in my beachfront studio, I am looking out on water, sand, sky, clouds, and five Brazilian boys who are doing flips on the beach! It is a little strange sometimes to realize … Continue reading

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Deanna in Bahia, Brazil!

Happy Easter, Passover, and spring! In exactly one week, I’ll be flying to Brazil to spend eight weeks at the Sacatar Institute in Itaparica, Bahia. I’ve been preparing for this trip for months and it’s finally almost here.  And I’ve … Continue reading

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