New Orleans & Caribbean Piano w/ Tom McDermott
lecture-demonstration style workshopThursday, July 7, 2011, 7:00 pm $20.00Purchase tickets online
July 07 7:00 pm

Tom McDermottNew Orleans pianist/composer Tom McDermott steers the Freight's stage piano in dynamic directions with a workshop focused on New Orleans styles like ragtime, traditional jazz, and R&B in the style of Professor Longhair and Dr. John. The lecture-demonstration style workshop also delves into the rich musical heritage of New Orleans, tracing historical connections with the music of Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Jamaica.

*This workshop is open to everyone with an interest the musical styles of New Orleans—no experience necessary! Admission to the workshop includes a special bonus: a free Tom McDermott CD.

Having played music professionally in New Orleans for almost three decades, Tom McDermott has mastered many of its styles. He performed for many years with the Dukes of Dixieland and with the innovative brass band, the New Orleans Nightcrawlers. Tom has recently been seen playing himself on the popular HBO series set in post-Katrina New Orleans, "Treme." Tom has also spent a great deal of time travelling to Cuba, Mexico, and Jamaica in search of musical ties to his adopted city. Above all he has visited Brazil: in 14 visits he has dug into the choro scene there. In l995 he recorded a New Orleans/Rio de Janeiro fusion, Choro do Norte, which was well-received in the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

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