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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Back from Brazil! Photos from the Santuário Nacional de Nossa Senhora Aparecida

I returned from my artist residency in Brazil on June 11. Since then, I’ve been going through photos, reading my “morning pages” (daily journal entries), and delving into books that I bought during my stay, like this great one on the story of Nossa Senhora Aparecida and why she is so important ito Brazil.

After my eight week residency in Bahia, I stayed in São Paulo for an all-too-short six days. One of my favorite parts of my trip- and something I’d been looking forward to for months- was making a visit to the Santuário Nacional de Nossa Senhora Aparecida (national basilica for Nossa Senhora Aparecida). I took a two-hour bus ride from São Paulo to the town of Aparecida to visit the basilica. The image of Aparecida in the photo above is the one that millions of pilgrims visit each year. The basilica itself is the second largest in the world next to the Vatican. Here are a bunch of photos from the basilica, all of them featuring the artwork of the late Cláudio Pastro.

The image of Nossa Senhora Aparecida that brings millions to this basilica.

From the Chapel of the Resurrection.

From the Capela das Velas (chapel of candles).

Cúpula Central (central dome)

Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Our Lady Aparecida) in the center of a panel of women from the Bible.

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Deanna no Brasil (Deanna in Brazil): Part 2 of 3.

Bom dia (good morning)!

This is my second post from Bahia, Brazil, where I’ve been living since the beginning of April. I have one week left in my residency at the Sacatar Institute on the island of Itaparica, followed  by one week in São Paulo, before I head back to New York.

Here are a few highlights from weeks four through eight:

•Giving a workshop at UFBA (Universidade Federal da Bahia) with forty students in attendance on a day when bus strikes and gasoline shortages were still in effect. And playing on a grand piano for the first time in my entire trip.

With bassist Alexandre Vieira after the UFBA workshop.

•Attending two duo shows with João Bosco and Hamilton de Holanda in their project, Eu Vou pro´Samba after standing in line for three and a half hours at 5:45 in the morning to get a ticket.

With Hamilton de Holanda.


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