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Tom McDermott

(504) 486-4455

336 North Bernadotte Street

New Orleans, LA 70119

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  1. April 24, 2010 4:56 pm

    Dear Herr Tom,

    good start! I wonder if there is any way to watch Treme from here. How’s it going? Actually I was thinking of you today before I read your mail! I have trouble with my left shoulder (sub-acromial impingement, ouch), but no hayfever so far. Most is well. Henri growing by leaps and bounds, sporting a deep voice and wearing a man’s size clothing.
    My mom the same as usual. She “dies” once a week on average and then rallies again, bugging me at leisure. Martin fine as usual.
    Any European trips in sight!
    Yours mit Hunger (barbecue tonight),
    Frau CB

    • April 26, 2010 2:07 pm

      Hey Sib
      Thanks for writing. I think Treme will start showing in Europe in June, maybe, but I’m not sure how that works. Sorry to hear of the sub-acromial impingement. No trips for me to Yerp this summer…..I did get to go to Paris for a gig last month for six days, but didn’t have much time to sightsee.
      bye for now,
      Herr T

  2. May 28, 2010 10:30 pm

    Yo Tom, Just discovered your new website and have bookmarked it already. If you can’t get to Yerp this summer you might consider a visit to Bawlmer. We have a comfortable guest room and would love to show you the sights. (The Eubie Blake museum for example—or Poe’s grave if you prefer). A gig somewhere might even be possible for a star of “Treme”. Let us know if you have any interest. Yelnag and Sue.

  3. Jack MacKay permalink
    June 14, 2010 8:48 pm

    Just found your new site. Very nice! Keep comin’ with the content! Folks around here keep telling me about your bits in Treme, but we don’t get HBO, so I have to wait for DVD’s, or a rerun on cable or something. Hope to hear/see you soon.

  4. Daniel Levin permalink
    January 11, 2011 5:10 pm


    Dear Tom,

    Just had the privilege of seeing you at Irvin Mayfield’s (Solo), and Snug Harbor (Evan, quartet) this weekend, and enjoyed it immensely. My wife and I spoke with you for a bit at the solo gig. We’re in St. Louis.

    Actually I think you and I were both at Wash U in 1982, I was taking lessons from Carolbeth at the time, and Kim Portnoy was leading the Wash U jazz band…I was the piano player in that band, my first big band gig, learning the ropes. If only I knew you were around, I would have loved lessons–and would have humbly yielded the piano chair to you in a heartbeat!

    Anyway, I’m wondering if you know anyone in St. Louis who could help me study some New Orleans style piano…I’ve been watching your videos, which are beautiful (e.g., Tipitina,etc.)…and to learn play those complex left and right hand rhythms would make me a happy man…

    Found your sheet music today for Atropado in an old Piano magazine of mine, and am enjoying it…Beautiful composition.

    Thank you Tom for a great weekend of music, and my wife Rusti and I will never forget meeting you–the group with Evan and the beautiful singer (Electric Chair, Wining Boy) was absolutely smoking!

    Best wishes, Dan Levin

  5. Dicy permalink
    June 4, 2011 12:45 pm

    FYI: Prescott is in AZ (Arizona) not AR (Arkansas)

  6. ed carter permalink
    June 30, 2011 4:02 am

    Just saw you at the Prescott public library. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance, but I was in back and couldn’t hear some of the titles you mentioned. I especially liked the fast Portugese song that had a samba feel and the choro. Do you have time to list a few of the songs you played around those? I’m a guitarist and I’m going to practice Leyenda after hearing your rendition.
    thanks, Ed Carter

    • July 17, 2011 3:50 pm

      just seeing this now. Can’t remember for sure what Brazilian pieces I played, but it was likely Ernesto Nazareth’s “Odeon,” or Pixinguinha’s “Proezas do Solon.” Or perhaps my choro “Lizinha.” Glad you liked the show, and hope your practicing is going well.

  7. richard permalink
    September 6, 2011 6:37 pm


    Where and when are you playing in New Orleans in October. I’m going to be there from teh 12th to the 16th and definitely want to see at least one of your gigs.


  8. Jerry permalink
    September 28, 2011 4:55 pm

    Is Ambivalence transcription available for sale?

  9. ann permalink
    November 11, 2011 3:21 am

    Are you playing anywhere else in New England besides Concord, NH?

  10. civisisus permalink
    January 28, 2012 3:50 am


    Noted with great interest your mention of performing with Anat Cohen, one of my favorite clarinetists right up there with Evan Christopher. What’s with you and the planet’s great jazz clarinet players?

    I first heard you play with Evan at Snug Harbor 3-4 years ago, one of the highlights of my musical time on earth. I came to hear him, but remember your music more.

    Where are you in 2012? Anywhere in the Northeast? (Coincidentally will be hearing more of Anat in Albany NY, of all places, in February)

  11. larry hofmeister permalink
    February 9, 2012 6:55 pm

    Hey Tom, Are you playing solo at Jazzfest or will you have a group? Really dug your Beatles/Booker renditions last year in Jazz Tent. Economy, LAgniappe, or Jazz Tent this time? A couple of years ago I guerrilla hopped on the piano at LMF before you did a noon gig with Evan. You gave me a ‘nice rhumba’ comment that made my jazzfest.

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