New virtual choir premiere

Deanna’s new SATB choral piece, “Make My Joy Complete,” has been selected as 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 … 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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Even, Only for This Day: a hymn for this uncertain time

“Do not depend on the hope of results.” This quote comes from a letter that Thomas Merton wrote to activist (and my Facebook friend), Jim Forest. Our worldwide reality is forcing us to truly live in the present, to take … 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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The blues and an 84-year-old prophet named Anna

In this new year, I am picturing the Pittsburgh friends who were digging my solo on the blues in the above video as being with me in my New York apartment as I finish my Mary Lou Williams book manuscript. … Continue reading

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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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