Pianist and Composer Deanna Witkowski, who appeared just before the pandemic with the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall, has just published "Mary Lou Williams: Music For the Soul," a new biography of the jazz legend who still has family in the city, spent a large portion of her life in Pittsburgh and is buried in Calvary Cemetary. There's a book launch and a signing at Con Alma downtown on September 16th with many other book and concert events in the near future now that Deanna has moved to Pittsbugh after 23 years in New York. Check her website for an updated itinerary. Deanna Witkowski's meticulous research on the Williams Pittsburgh years and the spiritual side of Mary Lou is explored in depth from the writer who joined the Catholic Church as an adult. Deanna lets Mary Lou do the ministering to your soul with her new CD recorded on the MCG Jazz label. Deanna's spiritual journey began in Brazil. She recognizes the problems faced by the church, its believers and she is ready to rumble on church controversy while lifting you at the keyboard. Deanna spoke with Jim Cunningham.
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