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Updated: Sep 3, 2021

To keep everyone safe during this current surge of the corona virus in San Francisco, the Chez Hanny performance, originally scheduled for this coming Sunday (August 22nd), has now been postponed. I'll post the new date as soon as it's confirmed.

In the meantime, I'll be performing at SFJAZZ on Weds October 27th and November 10th (7pm in the Joe Henderson Lab) as part of Terrence Brewer's A Great Day in Harlem Revisited. We'll be featuring the music of pianists Willie "The Lion" Smith, Luckey Roberts, Marian McPartland and Mary Lou Williams, so stay tuned for more details. You can find tickets here.

Please be careful and see you soon!

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

The quintet will be performing at Chez Hanny, Sunday August 22, 4pm - can't wait!


Mike Olmos, trumpet

Jason Hainsworth, saxes

Anne Sajdera, piano

Scott Thompson, bass

Deszon Claiborne, drums

...performing the music of Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Marc Cary, Jason Hainsworth and Anne Sajdera

Chez Hanny is on Silver Ave in San Francisco, tickets are $25

For tickets and address information click here.

All of us, musicians and audience alike, will need to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask. The performance area is sanitized and well-ventilated.

  • Writer's pictureAnne

Updated: Sep 3, 2021

Dienda is one of Kenny Kirkland's most beautiful compositions - one filled with poignancy and depth. It was originally released in 1986 on Branford Marsalis' album Royal Garden Blues and with Kenny playing piano on that recording, the expression is breathtakingly direct. Then in 2001, after Kenny had already passed away, Sting included it in his live recording and film "...All This Time," singing the lyrics that he had composed for the melody. That bittersweet detail would have been the only remembrance for the listeners that day but the concert, happening at a villa in Italy, took place on September 11, 2001, the same day as the World Trade Center disaster so the entire performance understandably took on a much deeper and more sombre tone, with Sting dedicating it to everyone who lost their lives that day.

Here is the original recording with Branford Marsalis:

Here is Sting's performance:

And here is the lead sheet I created for the tune, as well as Sting's complete lyric. I hope all of these details here help to make the appreciation of this masterpiece that much more fulfilling:

Dienda - Concert - Score
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Dienda Lyrics
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