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; he’s had a long history dating back to the early 50s that includes work with the great Jack Teagarden. The tune we’re playing is “Kermit’s Rag,” which I wrote 35 years ago and is named not after K.Ruffins, but rather my brother, Dan “Kermit” McDermott. Connie and I have a duet CD on Arbors Records called “Creole Nocturne,” which you may or not find at the Louisiana Music Factory. Hope you enjoy our little blast of trad energy!
“Mr. McDermott is not simply a follower of tradition or a repository of old tunes. He composes within his wide-ranging idiom with a knowledgeable feeling for his sources and a sense of humor.” The New York Times