Tom McDermott is one of New Orleans' premiere piano players and composers with a whirlwind of accomplishments over the past 30 years. For much of the 1990s he was a Duke of Dixieland, which took him to Europe, Asia, South America and all over the States (including Carnegie Hall); he recorded several albums with the Dukes, including a tribute to Jelly Roll Morton with the fabled raconteur Danny Barker.
In 1995, after arranging a tune for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band album Jelly, he co-founded the modern brass band the New Orleans Nightcrawlers. During his stay with the band they recorded three albums, two for the Rounder Records label.
Tom has written for the theater (the Obie-award-winning off-Broadway show, Nita and Zita), and appeared in bit roles in the movies He Said She Said. In the New Orleans-based HBO series Treme, he played himself five times in three seasons and had 10 pieces of music used on the soundtrack. His music has also appeared in Showtime's The Knick.
He has recorded 15 albums as a leader, including 75 original tunes. His music has been heard frequently on NPR, i.e. All Things Considered, American Routes, and The Moth. A group he co-led with clarinetist Evan Christopher, the Danza Quartet appeared on NPR's New Year Eve show Toast of the Nation on 2008-2009.
Tom is known for his eclecticism, and is just about the only New Orleans pianist to stretch from the mid-19th-century music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk to the funky New Orleans piano today. He has a great love of Brazilian music (17 trips there so far), the Beatles, European classical music, early Duke Ellington, and much more.