NEW! Comfort Ye: 5 Advent and Christmas pieces

As a former church music director, I know what it feels like to look at your upcoming calendar and realize that you need to quickly fill a spot or two for the Advent or Christmas season. With that in mind, here are five of my Advent and Christmas pieces (ranging from unison/soloist to SATB choir)- complete with recordings and sheet music.

Special thanks to vocalist Sarah Kervin for singing all three parts on the brand new gospel choir track of Comfort Ye.

Deanna’s Advent/Christmas music:

Comfort Ye: The classic 17th-century Advent text, “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”in an original three-part (SAT) gospel/R&B setting. Choral/piano score and lead sheet.


Love Came Down: Original gospel/funk unison setting of the Christina Rossetti poem, “Love Came Down at Christmas.” Piano/vocal score and lead sheet.


We Three Kings: Swinging jazz instrumental trio arrangement. Piano score and lead sheet.

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GRAMMY For Your Consideration: Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns

Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns is in three pre-nomination categories for the 2019 Grammy Awards! 

•Category 33: Best Jazz Instrumental Album (#287, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns)

•Category 31: Best Improvised Jazz Solo (#391, “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”– for my piano solo)

•Category 63: Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella (#224, “St. Elizabeth/Fairest Lord Jesus”). If you don’t know the “original” of this hymn to get a sense of how different the arrangement is, here is audio of the original 19th century music from a hymnal. Now listen to my version here).

Through October 31, you can stream the entire album at this link.

Whether or not you’re a NARAS (that means “National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences”) member, I urge you to check out the recording. And if you are a NARAS member, I ask for your voting consideration. Thank you!

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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 hymn tunes. Purchase your copy here!

Click here to listen to/purchase the Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns recording and sheet music e-book.


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