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  •  New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
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  • Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave.  His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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    Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem," has come a long way from Nashville, Tennessee to his current hometown of Detroit, Michigan. So, one figures that is why this musical genius has written and performed songs…
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Listening to Eric Dolphy is like being trapped in an endless labyrinth filled with abstract paintings whose images are supposed to give you a hint to the question, "So, how…
Pee Wee Russell, one of the most imaginative clarinetists jazz has ever witnessed, will forever be memorialized on his career-capping collection, Portrait of Pee Wee<…
The Portuguese word roda translates as "wheel," but it is also refers to a circle around which musicians play and dancers dance. On his latest Brazilian-jazz rele…
The "jazz trio" puts a premium on dynamic, independent, instrumental voicing, since there is a wealth of musical space out there for each player to explore. On its secon…
With the recent passing of the legendary Brazilian-born composer Moacir Santos, his last collaboration, Choros & Alegria, takes on even more significance. Althoug…
Some might say pianist/vocalist Dave Frishberg is a bit of an anachronism. A quirky, 73-year-old songwriter who rambles on about baseball, boxing, betting and Bernie (hi…
29.01.2011

Tom McDermott

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
I recently caught a set with New Orleans traditional jazz pianist Tom McDermott and his jazz trio on August 4 at Gulfstream, a restaurant in uptown New Orleans. The eclectic set included everything from Henri Mancini's "Days of Wine and Roses" done bassa nova-style to Fats Domino's upbeat "I'm Walking." His solid rhythm section included University of New Orleans music graduates Andy Wolf on bass and Cale Pellick on drums, who both admitted the post-Katrina music scene is still reeling a bit. The …
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