Deanna Witkowski on the Upper Terrace at Bryant Park
Friday September 29, 12:30 pm - Tuesday October 3, 2:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 12:30 pm, repeating until Friday September 29, 2023
Come on by and tap your toes to The Big Apple’s finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists around! Featuring special events and performances by distinguished musicians sprinkled throughout the schedule.
Known for her adventurous, engaging music that heals the soul, pianist-composer-vocalist Deanna Witkowski moves with remarkable ease between Brazilian, jazz, classical, and sacred music. Her first book, Mary Lou Williams: Music For The Soul (Liturgical Press), published in September 2021, is the winner of the 2022 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award and the 2022 Jazz Journalists Association Award for Biography of the Year. Her seventh recording, Force of Nature (MCG Jazz), released in January 2022, reached number five on the JazzWeek nationwide radio chart and remained in the top ten most-played albums on jazz radio for more than ten weeks. The two projects cap a twenty-year deep dive into the ground-breaking impact of Williams’ life and music, making Witkowski one of the few living authorities on the iconic pianist. As a sought-after Williams expert, she has presented at the Kennedy Center, Duke University, and Fordham University, and performed Williams’ compositions as a featured guest with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.