The New Orleans piano tradition has been widely praised by many around the world. New Orleans has also arguably produced more great piano players than any other city in the world. This honor is held highly by the many locals and music connoisseurs who live and visit this city.
Davell Crawford, an all-around musical sensation, is one of the true wonders of the contemporary Crescent City music scene. Bill Taylor from Blues Access proclaims, “plain and simple, Davell Crawford is one of the most talented musicians alive!”
Also known as the “Prince of New Orleans,” Crawford is one of the city’s most exiting live performers. Despite his age, he has for years been a major force in American roots music. He has traveled, recorded, and taught the importance of music not only from New Orleans but true roots music, from traditional jazz to gospel, funk, and R&B. Cited as one of the few musicians committed to keeping the piano sounds of New Orleans alive, he stands as the only (and most documented) young piano player who has kept the music true while adding a little freshness and vitality.
Performing since the age of seven, Crawford has enjoyed a widely acclaimed career as an entertainer. He emerged as a teenage piano terror and began to unfold his incredible talent before the world. He has toured many countries, including Spain, Italy, France, Russia, Finland, Dominica, Brazil, Morocco, and Portugal, among others. He has played extensively throughout the United States as well.
Crawford is the embodiment of every New Orleans music legend who has ever lived, from Jelly Roll Morton to Dr. John, from Mahalia and Satchmo to James Booker and Professor Longhair, all rolled up into one musical ball of fire.
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Plain and simple, Davell Crawford is one of the most talented musicians alive!
Davell is a cross between Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, a male Billie Holiday.
—Jazz Foundation of America