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Tom McDermott's Piano

Gregg Goldman
Music Inside Out

The day we visited Tom McDermott’s home, the sound of James Booker’s “Classified” greeted us. It was a sweet gesture: walking into a man’s home to the sound of your radio show’s theme music.

McDermott knows how to communicate with a piano.

Blame it on Rio… and ragtime. McDermott has a piano playing style that smacks of sweet melodies, savory harmonies, and spicy Brazilian rhythm. And he serves up all three this hour. Pull up a chair, and enjoy.

There's a lot more from Tom McDermott on the program's website, including video of his performance of the choro "Casa Denise."  Visit for more.

We have put together a playlist of all the music heard in this hour’s broadcast. Feel free to download the .pdf and take it with you on your next trip to your local record store. Quite a bit of the music is also available for you to stream to your computer or your phone. Enjoy Tom McDermott’s music.

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Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, where she brings to bear the knowledge and experience she amassed as senior editor of Weekend Edition, an East Africa correspondent, the holder of Nieman and Watson Fellowships, and as a longtime student of music from around the world.