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 wbgo.org.

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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We Walk in Love- the story behind Deanna’s Justice Choir song

We Walk in Love- piano part!
We Walk in Love- piano part!
Now Deanna’s original song in the Justice Choir Songbook has a piano part (complete with a modulation)!
SEE VIDEOS OF DEANNA PLAYING THE PIECE- AND OF 900 SINGERS AT ST. OLAF COLLEGE SINGING IT- ALONG WITH A SCORE EXCERPT.
Price: $2.00

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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