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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Jazzfest 2011

Was a good one for me. I had four hits at the Fairgrounds: my duet with Evan Christopher, the James Booker tribute (two songs, including a duet with Lillian Boutte), a duet with clarinetist Anat Cohen on the interview stage … Continue reading

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Handsome Jazz: a Book Review

May 20, 2010 Here is a book review I wrote this week: Looking Good: a History of Handsome Jazz by Zack Pinola University of East Dakota Press 362 pages, $29.95 Handsome Jazz is such an important genre that it’s hard … Continue reading


Tom’s “Treme” Hit

On Sunday, April 25, 2010, I performed (as myself) on the HBO show “Treme,” playing Jelly Roll Morton’s “New Orleans Joys” and “King Porter Stomp,” in duets with the delectable violinist Lucia Micarelli. Huge, huge fun doing this. At some … Continue reading

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