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Tom McDermott is a New Orleans piano player.
Originally from upriver at St. Louis, he has -- over decades in the Crescent City spent testifying at the keyboards to Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, James Booker and the like -- recorded 10 albums and 75 original tunes.
Tom was a Duke of Dixieland, playing together with his Duke Brothers across Europe, Asia, and South America, and around and through the United States (including New York City's Carnegie Hall). The Dukes recorded several albums while Tom was with the band, including a tribute to Jelly Roll wherein the Dukes were joined by the iconic Danny Barker.
After arranging a tune for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band Tom co-founded another fundamental modern brass band, the slitheringly sizzling New Orleans Nightcrawlers. Tom composed for the Obie-award-winning off-Broadway show "Nita and Zita", and he appears as himself (playing, naturally) in several episodes of (the magnificent) HBO series dealing with New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina, Treme.
Tom is as eclectic as the Latin-tinged roots of the city which frames his sensibility, playing and recording Brazilian choro (with a Panama hat on his head on one of his frequent trips to Rio de Janeiro he could no doubt be taken for a sambista rather than an American jazz musician), French musette, Argentine tango, Caribbean beguine...
If you're looking for Tom in episode eight of Treme (All On a Mardi Gras Day), he's the piano player wearing the (full) horsehead mask.
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