The Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University Presents

Jazz Is Love

The Life & Music of Mary Lou Williams

Headshots of Mary Lou Williams and Deanna Witowski
Presented and Performed by
Deanna Witkowski

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
5:30 p.m.

Duane Library, Butler Commons
Fordham University, Bronx, NY

Jazz pianist-composer Deanna Witkowski shares the spiritual and musical journey of the pioneering jazz pianist-composer and Catholic convert Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981) in this live performance/talk.

Moving with remarkable ease between Brazilian, jazz, classical, and sacred music, Witkowski consistently thrills audiences with explosive performances that combine virtuosity and heart. Her biography, Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul, will be published by Liturgical Press in January 2021.


This event is free and open to the public.

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Visit YouTube to see Deanna Witkowski and her trio playing Mary Lou Williams' "Waltz Boogie" in Pittsburgh recently.