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


MCG Rebroadcast
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 the entire Festival of Friendship lineup HERE.

From L-R: Deanna, Paul Thompson, Thomas Wendt at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

Another shot from this Saturday’s online broadcast with the Deanna Witkowski Trio.

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Playing Music Again (in some cases, with others)

Trio at Con Alma in Pittsburgh

With drummer Thomas Wendt and bassist Tony DePaolis at Con Alma in Pittsburgh, PA.

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 ONE DAY. And now, I am very happy to be able to say that I have four upcoming performances in the next month— and that three of these are with other people. Two of the performances will be live streamed and are free of charge (but require that you register in advance).

Here are the dates and descriptions:

•Wednesday, September 16 from 7-8:30 pm
ONLINE
Jazz Poetry Month/Off Minor Jazz Series
CIty of Asylum, Pittsburgh, PA
with Dwayne Dolphin, bass; Thomas Wendt, drums
Featuring a full set of instrumentals by pianist Nat “King” Cole followed by collaborative improvisations with three poets: mónica teresa ortiz, Mansur Rajih, Sara Borjas, and Grace Shuyi Liew.
FREE LIVE STREAM! Registration is required HERE.

Deanna, Dwayne Dolphin, Thomas Wendt

Deanna, Dwayne Dolphin, and Thomas Wendt play a live streamed concert from City of Asylum on Sept 16.

•Saturday, September 19 from 6-9 pm
IN PERSON
Deanna Witkowski Trio
Con Alma, Pittsburgh, PA
with Paul Thompson, bass; Thomas Wendt, drums
We’ll be playing a lot of Mary Lou Williams tunes.
This is a live, outdoor, socially distanced gig.

•Sunday, October 4: FESTIVAL OF FRIENDSHIP: TWO ONLINE EVENTS

Mary Lou Williams and Deannaat 6 pm: “What Can Find Us?” A panel discussion (including Deanna) of the deeper implications of the festival theme.
FREE LIVE STREAM! Registration is required HERE.

at 7:30 pm: Deanna Witkowski Trio plays Mary Lou Williams
with Paul Thompson, bass; Thomas Wendt, drums
FREE LIVE STREAM! Registration is required HERE.

View and register for the entire festival lineup HERE.

•Sunday, October 18 at 2 pm
IN PERSON
Deanna performs solo piano
Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts
Foxburg, PA
This is a live performance in a concert hall that will seat up to 50% of their capacity. Tickets are available HERE.

For more info on any of these dates, view Deanna’s calendar.

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We Walk in Love- a modern justice anthem

“We Walk in Love” is for this moment.

We Walk in Love- piano part!
We Walk in Love- piano part!
Deanna’s Justice Choir song now has a piano part (complete with a modulation)!
WATCH CHORAL VIDEO PLAYLIST.
SEE DEANNA PLAY THE PIANO PART.
READ THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG.
DOWNLOAD THE FREE VOCAL SCORE.
During this time of canceled performances, please consider making a donation (above the $2 score fee) via https://paypal.me/deannajazz or Venmo (preferred method) @Deanna-Witkowski so that Deanna can keep creating more new music for your communities. Thank you!
Price: $2.00

“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 this piece with an adult gospel choir as well as a young elementary choir of 1st-3rd graders. It was beloved and deeply felt by both groups.”
-Sara Alswager, elementary music teacher, Omaha, NE

Lyrics to “We Walk in Love” by Deanna Witkowski and Lemuel Colon:

1. We walk in love, united in purpose
We join our hands and lift up one voice
We speak the truth with strength and compassion
resounding with hope, with courage and joy.

2. We cry for peace and rights for all people
We welcome friends from far and near
We fight for those whose voices are silenced
Resisting in faith until all are free.

3. We dream a world of justice and kindness
We build a bridge creating new paths
We march with joy as all walk together
Embracing each one, we boldly stand.


In early 2017, I responded to a call for scores for a new collection of social justice songs being curated by Abbie Betinis, Tesfa Wondemagegnhehu, and Ahmed Anzaldúa. The songs to be selected as part of a new movement called Justice Choir would be offered free of charge for anyone to sing for non-commercial use: at concerts, marches, protests, and in houses of worship.

The idea was to have accessible, easy-to-learn songs that speak into the moment that we are living in now, and to provide opportunities for all to create community by singing together.

When I saw a Facebook post from Abbie about the call for scores, I immediately responded by sitting down at the piano. I wrote and harmonized a simple tune in 3/4- not rangy, no big jumps, something that everyone could sing.

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