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New York Jazz Pianist/Vocalist Performs Music for the Soul Nov. 9 at Willow Grove Church

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Jazz musician Deanna Witkowski is sure to delight many at her upcoming free concert
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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- New York based jazz pianist, composer and vocalist Deanna Witkowski will perform a solo concert on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 4 pm as part of a Music for the Soul series at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Heralded for her “consistently thrilling” playing and her “boundless imagination” (All Music Guide), Witkowski was the winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 2002. Her new solo piano recording, Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, will be released on Nov. 15, and will be available at the Willow Grove performance. Deanna Witkowski moves with ease between multiple musical languages and cultures. An acclaimed bandleader/composer, her newest recording  seamlessly marries Chopin works with Brazilian, jazz, and free improvisation.

Her earlier recordings also illustrate her huge musical range: From This Place (2009: Tilapia Records) features her liturgical jazz material in formats ranging from three-voice a cappella to an instrumental quartet and led to a second appearance on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday; while Length of Days (2005), Wide Open Window (2003), and Having to Ask (2000) clearly demonstrate her prowess as "one of the best of the new generation of jazz pianists" (Jazz Journal International) and showcase her rich fusions of jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music.

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Well known for her work as an instrumental composer and as an innovator in bringing together jazz and liturgy, Witkowski is a frequent presenter on jazz and spirituality. She currently serves as the interim minister of music at Park Ave. Christian Church in Manhattan. Her Willow Grove concert has the makings of a joyous event that promises to lift the spirit. To find out more , visit deannajazz.com. Immediately following the concert, there will be an opportunity to talk with Deanna Witkowski at a reception offering light refreshments. 

Willow Grove Presbyterian Church is located at 1961 Raritan Rd, across from the Scotch Plains Southside Firehouse and Southside Soccer Park, near the corner of South Martine Ave. The facilities are handicap-accessible.More information is available at www.willowgrovechurch.org or by calling (908) 232-5678. The Music for the Soul concert series is funded by a grant from the Presbytery of Elizabeth.

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