Preorder Deanna’s Mary Lou Williams biography!

Three years in the making, my forthcoming (August 2021) biography, Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul, is now available here for preorder!

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Deanna featured on the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra “Front Row” series

See Deanna’s recent interview and trio performance from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra “Front Row” online concert series! Interview: This 3.5 minute video interview is a great introduction to Deanna and explains why she loves the city of Pittsburgh. Performance: Watch … Continue reading

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Two new score videos for Advent and Christmas

Comfort Ye (Comfort, Comfort Ye My People) is an original three-part (SAB) gospel/R&B setting of the classic 17th-century Advent text. The piece can easily be sung with a solo vocalist and piano. Buy the mp3 of Comfort Ye here. Buy … Continue reading

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Choral competition win- Make My Joy Complete

Deanna’s new SATB choral piece, “Make My Joy Complete,” is the second place winner of the National Sacred Music Choral Composition Contest! This accessible, gospel-tinged anthem on the theme of unity is appropriate for singers of all ages. Check out … Continue reading

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Encore Broadcast this Sat, Oct 10 at 8 pm EST- Deanna Witkowski Trio Plays Mary Lou Williams

Free, but registration is required here! ENCORE BROADCAST! This Sat, Oct 10 at 8 pm EST, watch the Deanna Witkowski Trio play an all Mary Lou Williams 60 minute concert from Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Register and watch the concert HERE. View … Continue reading

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Playing Music Again (in some cases, with others)

Just two weeks ago, I played a live, socially distanced outdoor gig with a bassist and drummer (see photo above). It was my first time making music with other musicians in exactly six months and one day. SIX MONTHS AND … Continue reading

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We Walk in Love- a modern justice anthem

“We Walk in Love” is for this moment. “Witkowski did a wonderful job of honoring the gospel style with We Walk in Love and the lyrics carry such a beautiful message that resonates with singers of all ages. I’ve conducted … Continue reading

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Length of Days $10 CD sale through June 15!

For the last two months, I’ve been away from my home in NYC and living at my mom’s. In addition to boxes of my high school mementos, my mom also has five large boxes of my 2006 quartet CD, Length … Continue reading

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All Mary Lou Williams this Fri on the Con Alma Solo Series

On Fri, May 8 from 7-8 pm EST, I’ll be celebrating the 110th anniversary of Mary Lou Williams’ birth by playing an all Williams set on the Con Alma Solo Series! Watch the concert HERE at deannajazz.com, HERE at Facebook, … Continue reading

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Jazz is Love: The Life & Music of Mary Lou Williams

Last week I gave a performance-talk entitled Jazz is Love: The Life & Music of Mary Lou Williams at Fordham University. Here is a three minute video interview with clips from the performance.

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