Mary Lou Williams Video and Deanna’s June dates in Pittsburgh

Here’s new video from Jazz Congress 2019, where I gave a six-minute pitch on my 2021 book/concert tour, Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul.

I’ve been working steadily on my Mary Lou Williams biography (of the same title) to be published by Liturgical Press in late 2020. Rather than just book author appearances, I will be booking a concert/book tour. After all, the whole point of writing about Williams is to pique readers’ curiosity enough to listen to her music!

AND: For those of you in Pittsburgh, I’ll be returning to your welcoming city to teach three days of workshops on Williams’s life and music from June 18-20 at the Pittsburgh Summer Institute (register here!).

I’ll also perform an all-Williams program on June 23 at Alphabet City at 6 pm with Jeff Grubbs on bass and Thomas Wendt on drums. The concert is free, but you must RSVP here.

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New Video! Deanna plays with Vanessa Rubin on WBGO’s Singers Unlimited

Last week I played with vocalist Vanessa Rubin on two radio tapings for Sirius XM’s Real Jazz and WBGO’s Singers Unlimited. The WBGO broadcast airs on Sunday, May 19 from noon-1 pm.  Hear it live or archived after the fact here at

Here’s live video of one the tunes we played in the WBGO studio, “Kitchenette Across the Hall” by Tadd Dameron.

Check out Vanessa’s new album, The Song is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron.

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Gigs in MN and NYC: 4/29 in Collegeville, MN; 5/3 in Nyack, NY; 5/13-17 in NYC

I’ve been in Collegeville, Minnesota for the entire month of April working on my Mary Lou Williams biography. More on that in the next blog post! In the meantime, here are some performance dates coming up super soon (check my calendar page for further details):

A view of Lake Sagatagan on the campus of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.

•Mon, April 29: I’m celebrating my final night in MN with a concert with the College of St. Benedict/Saint John’s University Jazz Ensemble:

•Fri, May 3 at 8 pm: My trio will perform one set only at Maureen’s Jazz Cellar in Nyack, NY:

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