Three years in the making, my forthcoming (August 2021) biography, Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul, is now available here for preorder!
See Deanna’s recent interview and trio performance from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra “Front Row” online concert series!
Interview: This 3.5 minute video interview is a great introduction to Deanna and explains why she loves the city of Pittsburgh.
Performance: Watch Deanna and her trio mates, bassist Paul Thompson and drummer Thomas Wendt, perform her original piece dedicated to the Pittsburgh raised jazz pianist-composer Mary Lou Williams, “Wide Open Window.”
Click to hear Deanna play works by Mary Lou Williams and learn about her forthcoming biography, Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul.
Comfort Ye (Comfort, Comfort Ye My People) is an original three-part (SAB) gospel/R&B setting of the classic 17th-century Advent text. The piece can easily be sung with a solo vocalist and piano.
Never Before is a three-part (SSA) a cappella piece originally composed for an Advent lessons and carols service. The text imagines Mary’s response after an angel announces to her that she will bear the Christ child.
Audio is from Deanna’s sacred jazz recording, From This Place.
Buy the mp3 of Never Before here.
Buy the sheet music for Never Before here.