Jazzfest 2014

Hey Friends, here is my jazzfest schedule for this year: April 24, Thursday: Three Muses solo piano 5-7; Buffa’s with Aurora Nealand, 8-11. April 25, Friday: Fairgrounds with the Royal Roses, 6-7 Mahogany Hall stage. Windsor Court Hotel with Antoine … Continue reading

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New York Times review of Bamboula

Dating back to 1986, I’ve had good luck with the New York Times, with a half-dozen reviews and mentions of my work. They came through again this weekend. Many thanks to Jon Pareles for this review. New York Times 1/12/14 … Continue reading

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End of Year Wrap

My Van Dyke Parks best-of McD compilation has been out over 2 months now, and we’ve gotten some nice reviews, including a four-star write-up from Downbeat (in their January issue) and Stereophile. We’ve still got our fingers crossed that I’ll … Continue reading

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Van Dyke Parks-produced “Bamboula” out soon

After a year of delays, my CD produced (or curated as they now say) by the great Van Dyke Parks will be released officially on September 24. Two other dates to remember: October 26 will find percussionist Michael Skinkus and … Continue reading

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Summer Tour 2013

I’ll be touring the west and north from July 25 til the end of August. 22 gigs in 44 days, 7000 miles, all by car! Here are some shows you can come to. JULY 25: Austin, TX: opening for Marcia … Continue reading


Jazzfest and French Quarter Fest Gigs

Music friends: Here is where I’m playing for French Quarter Fest: Friday April 12 5-8 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in a tribute to Booker, Fess and Jelly Roll with Joe Krown, Ronald Markham and Tom Worrell. Saturday April 13: … Continue reading


Gig in Los Angeles with Van Dyke Parks

I am very excited to announce a gig at McCabe’s in Santa Monica with the legendary Van Dyke Parks opening for me! March 30; go to Mccabes.com for ticket info. This is a prelude to a Best of McDermott CD … Continue reading

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Tom’s Season Three Appearance in Treme

On Sunday, October 21 I’ll have an appearance on HBO’s “Treme.”  Producer Eric Overmyer gave me my choice of duet partners and I picked cornetist Connie Jones.  The 78-year-old hornman is the favorite of many trad fans in the area; … Continue reading


New Recordings From Tom

Hey everybody, I have a new recording.  It’s a live duet recording with the fine singer Meschiya Lake that was recorded in March at Chickie Wah Wah and released in time for festival season.  We’ve been doing this gig for … Continue reading


Two Weeks in Cuba

Monday May 16, 2011 I arrived in Cuba in early morning, flying out of Miami. Nerves wracked a little at Havana airport when I couldn’t find my visa and the consequent run-in with the officianados….but all ended up OK. My … Continue reading

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