Please join us and Tom McDermott for limericks and music celebrating FIVE LINES NO WAITING. Besides a reading and booksinging, he will also treat us to some live piano playing like you have never heard.
This collection of alert, witty, and world-wise limericks by the great New Orleans jazz pianist and composer, illustrated with his own drawings, is a snapshot of a restlessly creative mind and heart at play. These “personal nursery rhymes” demonstrate that simplicity of means need not be incompatible with sophistication of ends. In all their various modes—the frivolously comic, the self-deprecating, the wistful, the gently mocking, the philosophical—a very individual elegance and generosity of spirit are always to be found.
These written and pencil-drawn lines are a perfect accompaniment to Tom McDermott’s music because, like him, they are unstuck in time. Who writes limericks anymore? Who draws with a pencil? The same guy, apparently, whom I once heard play the middle movement of Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique’ Sonata to a Fats Domino beat. Tom’s limericks and drawings are pure whimsical joy. Like his music, they remind us why our brains have evolved with a pleasure center.”
—Dan Baum, author of Nine Lives
“Tom McDermott has long thrilled New Orleanians (and people around the world) with his pianistic dexterity and compositional originality. Now he’s forsaken that keyboard for another. To the question ‘Does the world need more limericks?’ he answers a resounding ‘Maybe not, but here they are!’ Yes, they’re witty and funny and pointed, but they’re also accompanied by Tom’s overdue return to the drawing board. Buy the book for the limericks, stay for the drawings. Both will make you smile. A lot.”
—Harry Shearer, actor/writer, and director of The Big Uneasy
Tom McDermott is one of New Orleans' premier piano players and composers. He grew up in St. Louis, where he earned a Masters' Degree in Music, wrote music journalism for the morning paper, and soaked up the sounds of ragtime and traditional jazz that flourished there in the 1960s and 70s. In 1984, spurred by his love of James Booker, Professor Longhair and Dr. John, he moved to New Orleans. He has since established a remarkable performing career there and around the world, and has released 15 CDs, written for the theater, acted in movies, and played himself in three seasons of the New Orleans-based HBO series "Treme".
Poetry. Art. Music. This collection of alert, witty, and world-wise limericks by the great New Orleans jazz pianist and composer Tom McDermott, illustrated with his own drawings, is a snapshot of a restlessly creative mind and heart at play. These "personal nursery rhymes" demonstrate that simplicity of means need not be incompatible with sophistication of ends.