Tom Plays Ragtime, New Orleans Jazz, and Accompanies the Buster Keaton short “COPS!”
Filament favorite Tom McDermott returns to Filament to share his music & stories with our audiences, and this time he will also bring a new element to the concert! We will accompany the Buster Keaton short COPS! Fans usually have to travel all the way to New Orleans to see Tom accompany a silent Filament, but he is excited to bring this experience to Chicago!
Tom McDermott is one of New Orleans’ premiere piano players and composers. A native of St. Louis, he found his way to the Crescent City permanently in 1984 via a gig at the World’s Fair. He has been a member of the legendary Dukes of Dixieland and was a co-founder of the modern brass band The New Orleans Nightcrawlers. He has written for the theatre (the Obie Award-winning Off-Broadway show Nita And Zita), appeared in bit roles in the movies and TV (He Said She Said and the HBO series Treme), and had his music appear frequently on NPR, including the New Year’s Eve show “Toast of the Nation”. Tom is also known for his eclecticism, and his influences and repertoire range from the mid-19th century composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk to Duke Ellington to The Beatles to Brazilian music to the funky modern New Orleans piano of today.
Filament’s House Concert Series is sponsored by the Mystick Krewe of Laff.