I had a great week of gigs in Chicago earlier this month. It was so nice to be back in my former home city and to see old friends and to make new ones.
One of the best things about the trip is that my complete 60-minute solo performance at PianoForte Chicago was live streamed-
and is now available permanently for viewing here at YouTube.
Click on the photo to view Deanna’s solo concert at PianoForte Chicago.
Here are a few photos from the trip:
On Nov 4, I visited WDCB for a live interview with host and longtime friend, Barry Winograd. The station also has a Steinway piano in the studio, so I played some tunes to preview my Nov 5 solo performance at PianoForte Chicago.
I think I hadn’t seen Ken (or Barry) in 7 or 8 years! Fun reunion.
Right after my WDCB interview, I walked down a bunch of hallways (in the same building) to give a workshop at College of DuPage.
Anthony Perry attended the clinic and played one of his original tunes for me. As you can tell, we were feeling very happy.
With Tom Tallman, director of jazz studies at College of DuPage. Tom graciously set up this workshop on short notice. Thanks, Tom!
On Nov 5, I gave a concert with material from Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin at PianoForte Chicago. Owner Thomas Zoells is standing with me as I add my signature to a piano-shaped sign with all of the names of past PianoForte performers.
Looking out at Lake Michigan at Loyola University Chicago.
On Nov 8, my trio led a jazz service at St. Mary’s Episcopal in Park Ridge. From L-R: Katie Ernst (bass); Tom Hipskind (drums); and me.
I’ll be back in the Chicago area on April 2, when I’ll accompany the Wheaton College Women’s Chorale in a performance of my original setting of the Denise Levertov poem,
“‘I learned that her name was Proverb.'” Hear a related radio interview on the origins of the piece here.
Thanks, Chicago, for a great week!